The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1997 · Page 7
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL HOME fit GARDEN FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1997 A7 T GROWING TOMATOES CHIP MILLER T ANTIQUE DETECTIVE KSU-Sali Extension Horticulture Agent Auction action Knowledgeable collectors sort rarities from ripoffs Tomato fan aims to garden smarter Jet Star popular variety here, but Celebrity also worth trying The nights are still cool, and so is the soil temperature, so I postponed planting warm season vegetables. But li'can't stand it any longer. It's time to transplant. I'm anxious to get tomatoes in the ground. It is easy to understand why tomatoes still reign as the most popular home vegetable crop. They are easy to grow, and produce large, colorful, delicious fruits. Tl?p anticipation of picking the first tomato is perceptible. One of the greatest challenges for Type A Personality gardeners is to win the contest for earliest , tomato fruit. They will go to any extreme to plant early. My challenge is to have the most success with the least amount of work. I i want to garden smarter, not gar! den harder. I could have planted earlier — May 7th is the average first date to plant — but I wanted to avoid protecting them from cool night air. Another quirk common among tomato aficionados is the love of talking about varieties. Everyone seems to have their personal favorite. For local, gardeners, the most popular tohiato variety is i Jet Star. Described as a main sea' son tomato with large fruits, Jet Star produces well, is resistant to cracking, and is 1 wilt resistant. A favorite for decades, the main objection to Jet Star's performance is that the fruit size gets smaller as the season' goes on. More receiit introductions that have performed very well in Kansas are: • Carnival: medium-early, with multiple disease resistance. • Celebrity: compact vines, with multiple disease resistance. • Daybreak: medium-sized vines that produce early. • Earl Girl: very early, with small fruits. • Merced: medium vines, with ; multiple disease resistance. • Mountain Delight: compact '. vines and crack-resistant fruits. • Mountain Spring: compact vines. • Show Me: Large vines. At a Saline County Master Gardener taste test, Jet Star came in first, followed by Celebrity and Merced. My advice is to grow the variety that tastes best to you. Good canning varieties include Roma, Campbell 1327, Heinz 1350 and LaRoma. Cherry smashes Cherry tomatoes worth growing are Red Cherry, Small Fry, Cherry Grande and Mountain Belle. Novelty types, suitable for container growing are Pixie, Tiny Tim and Patio, Variety selection is important. So is good care. Two of the most effective tomato growing tips to remember are: • Keep them off the ground. » Water transplants in with a dilute fertilizer solution. Each of these will have a profound effect on how much fruit your tomato plant produces. Also, observe these three caveats: Don't mulch until the soil is warm (late May). Don't let irrigation water splash onto tomato foliage, and don't let the sun catch you crying. As with any garden crop, I encourage integrated pest management, a big word for doing as little as possible so that the natural system can reach a balance. A dependence on regular applications of pesticides to completely annihilate pest insects makes your garden an easy target. Under these conditions, pest populations are more likely to get out of control. Tolerate minor infestations, and be prepared to act decisively when things go badly. BEDROCK TILE, Mfg. 624 Reynold* 823-5612 Come See Our New Showroom NEW Summer Hours Tu«».-Sat. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ANNE GILBERT My favorite summer auctions are those I happen upon by chance, when driving on vacation. ^ Country or small town auctions are fun, even if you don't buy. Besides, the town ladies usually are on hand to sell the best homemade pies and preserves. While the majority of these auctions offer ques- <;, tionable pressed glass, there is always the chance of a discovery. However, don't let the laid-back style of the auctioneer and the other bidders fool you. They've dealt with city slickers before. Some great opportunities are offered, if you are a knowledgeable collector or buyer. There are also some big ripoffs. Let's say these auctions can be an eye-opening experience. For instance, many of the items are those that didn't sell earlier in the year on the block. They are usually given cutesy names like, "collectors choice." Never was it more important to take a close look at viewing previews. If they offer a viewing preview only on the day of the sale, either get there early or forget it. Clues Take your magnifying glass, measuring tape, jewelers loup and black light with you. The black light will show up fake, recent signatures and aging on paintings. You need all the help you can get. Don't hesitate to seriously examine those country Windsor chairs and other pieces to see if these so- called antiques were built around one antique drawer or leg. Words of advice: Never pay attention to what others are saying on preview day. It is common practice for dealers to cast disparaging remarks on pieces they plan to bid on. They are well aware, even at country auctions, that an unknowledgeable bidder can be thrown off the scent with the words, "that table sure don't look right. The legs have a funny turn." Or, "Anybody can see that pink bowl is a piece of junk. No signature!" Hopefully, you would know that the unusual turn of those legs mark it as an early, 19th century „ ^"« m ~mr -«-i • . _ SALE I Irnpatiens &: Begonia Sale $1.99 Jumbo 6-Pack * Senior Discount 55+, 10% Off Every Tuesda Green Twig Garden Center | & Landscaping Services (913)825-TWIG 332 E Sdulling Salina, KS 67401 Hours; Mon.-Sat 8-6, Sun.12-4 Now Accepting Applications for Enrollment for Summer Day Ccim~p Camp begins May 30 thru August 18 Boys & Girls - 1st thru 6th grade Monday thru Friday Call or Stop by The Salvation Army, 913-823-3441 from 1 pm to 8 pm Monday thni Friday 1137 N. Santa Fe, Salina Photo courtesy of Morton Goldberg Auction Galleries, New Orleans Portraits like this Victorian painting of a child are always popular at auctions. This portrait, authentic and in good condition, sold well. items you'd never thought of col- rarity. The bowl is a Tiffany, even without its paper label. Since things aren't always like they seem at these auctions. Paintings are especially suspect. This is especially true with supposedly early 19th century portraits. You'd be surprised how many people bid on an artificially aged and lacquered print that at a fast glance seems to be an old oil. Another matter for concern would be over-restored old portraits. This lowers the value to zilch. Your only recourse would be to have it stripped and properly restored. By then the cost would make it no bargain. It's possible to enjoy an auction without bidding. Notice what others are interested in. If these are lecting, take notes. They may be the next hot new collectible. Has your insurance carrier outgrown tAeir OritcAesf We are a small agency in a small town and welcome the opportunity to write your insurance. Give us a call (800) 488-3320. 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