Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 6, 1975 · Page 29
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 29

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 6, 1975
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7C July 6,1975 How Does Your Garden Grow? House Plant Fans -- Read With Care uirtrs mitt HCIME fume Tjvifi^y* in mi i By AIM H»wtr4 Garden Editor You know, more people have house plants nowadays than ever before. House . , plants have had a big revival in the last few years, and almost every- i, where you go now you'll M see hanging plants in win- rdows, potted plants sitting on any available space indoors or on ^porches or steps, vines I trained to indoor walls-| plants everywhere imaginable, from bathrooms to basements. Which means that more people with small children and/or pets are. or should be, concerned about poisonous plants--foliage, bulbs, blooms, what have you. Take castor beans, for instance. Or rather. DON'T take them. A single bean, well chewed, may be a fatal dose for a young child. Castor bean plants are pretty and rapid growing, and are nice to have around, but don't leave any of the beans (seeds) around where youngsters can get at them. Bulbs of daffodil, hyacinth and narcissus can cause a bad intestinal irritation but rarely death. Dieffenbachia is a very popular indoor plant. But don't let your young ones nibble on its leaves--or on the leaves of philodendron or caladium. Dieffenbachia, and some species of philodendron and caladium can cause severe burns in the mouth and swelling of the throat. Depending on the amount ingested, the results may be severe enough to cause death or necessitate a .tracheotomy. Poinsettia can cause some of the same symptoms, but not as severe. Oleander can cause problems in the south (where it grows wild) if a camper, for instance, should cut a branch to use as a skewer for cooking over a campfire. But as a house plant it is even more dangerous. A single leaf may be a lethal dose even for an adult. The leaves contain a digitalis- like toxic principle which can produce heart irregularities and respiratory disturbances. The flowers sometimes are considered to have a poisonous perfume, but this is a myth. It's the leaves and branches that we must be wary of. WHILE WE'RE on the subject, there are a number of plants we bring into the house at Christmas time which will give trouble if eaten: mistletoe, holly berries, How Can If Q. How can I treat heat marks on furniture? A. These can usually be obscured with camphorated oil. The best method is to stroke the affected area lightly with a soft cloth moistened with the oil, then to run immediately with a clean, dry cloth. Then rewax. Q. How can I make a good job of cleaning piano keys? A. With a soft cloth dipped in alcohol, or with a paste made by combining fine whiting and lemon juice. Wipe the keys clean with a damp cloth after each application. know that early crops require sandy loam soils that warm up quickly in the spring, but your heavier and more compact soils are more satisfactoy for late spring or fall crops? Well, now you know. So if your first beet crop didn't do well, you might try again this month. Chances are you'll have better success, at least around here where the soil is naturally heavy. Beets, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, are fairly tolerant of heat and resistant to cold... but not resistant to freezing. Good beet quality actual-, ly depends on quick growth and fertile land which is well-drained and in good physical condition. Beets are sensitive to strongly acid soils. Soil acidity should be determined by an accurate soil test because it is wise to apply lime if a test shows the need for it. Call your local county agricultural agent about having a soil sample tested if you don't have a soil test kit. Rows should be about 16 inches apart. Don't plant seeds more than an inc L below sandy soils, and not that deep in other soils. Use Want Ads. Dial 3484848 BODY PERMS for that Casual Efiect! 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The Colchicum (sometimes called autumn crocus), on the other hand, is quite dangerous. The spring crocus is NOT poisonous. Any part of the evergreen shrub Daphne--including the berries--can cause a lot of trouble. A few berries will kill a child. Rhododendron, laurel, azalea--all can cause heart irregularity, convulsions, muscle paralysis, and lesser irritations. Both flowers and leaves are equally at fault. As we have mentioned before, yews are bad news. The leaves and pretty berries can cause circulation and respiratory problems as well as lesser troubles. It's too bad, because the yew berries look delicious--sort of like raspberries. Wisteria pods are poisonous. So are rhu- barb leaves. It's the stalks of the rhubarb plant that we eat, not the leaves. Sweet peas and their relatives are not for eating, although you would have to make a fairly steady diet of them before you'd have trouble. We're indebted to Emergency Medicine magazine and Dr. Alan K. Done for this information. THE GARDEN calendar has a whole bunch of things for us to do this month. This past week we should have planted corn (seeds) and set out broccoli and cauliflower plants. There's still time, but get with it. On Tuesday we should plant snap bean seeds, on Thursday Chinese cabbage, and on Saturday, kale. On the 15th we should plant endive seeds and on the 19th brussels sprout plants (providing, of course, that you actually WANT endives and brussels sprouts). Finally, on the 22nd we should plant beet seeds. And that's all they have listed for us to do in July. Don't head for the hammock, though. You've got weeding, de-bugging, watering, mulching, harvesting, cooking, canning, and freezing still on tap, to say nothing of grass cutting, trimming, pruning, fertilizing, tie-ing up, staking, suckering, clipping, cultivating, and taking-off- the-dead-blooms SPEAKING OF BEETS . . . did you For a new fashion adventure Summer Fashion PRIMED PATTERN · a fashion specialists in sizes 18 to 60 and 16/2 to 32/ 2 CATHERINE'S aher-the-4th entire §nmmer §tock PANTSU ITS* DRESSES special sizes 18 to 60 and 16X to 32K Save dollars--sew this now! Printed Pattern 4686: Women's Sizes are 34 (38-inch bust with 40-inch hip); 36 (40bust. 42hip): 38 (42bust. 44hip); 40 (44bust. 46hip); 42 (46bust. 48hip); 44 (48 bust, 50 hip); 46 (50 bust. 52hip): 48 (52 bust, 54 hip). Send ?1.00 for each pattern. Add 25« for each pattern for first-class mail and special handling. Send to Anne Adams, Sunday Gazette-Mail, Pattern Dept.. 243 West 17th St., New York, N. Y. 10011. Print NAME, ADDRESS. 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