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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 34

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July 13,1975 How Does Your Garden Grow? Beat Beetle, Kill Crabgrass, Wipe Out Weeds By Anne Howard Garden Editor ! suppose it's al! right to lift a letter in- Uid from Horticulture magazine and let you read it. Surely there are no copyrights on letters to the editor" Oh well, here goes, anyway: "Dear Sir: The summary of 'Worst Lawn Weeds' in the May issue tof Horticulture magazine) finally convinced me it is time to get the record straight about how to get rid of crabgrass. Crabgrass can quickly become a thing of the past if we just make 5j. conditions for its growth · *: t non-existent. It grows in * ** *F'" SUIK never under shade IfZsZJfsjfc trees or on the north side MU.V ,, ' *·* Qf bu iidings. so all one HOWARD needs to do is cut one's lawn grass high enough to shade out crabgrass. My complete program for a healthy green lawn is as follows: (1) cut ' grass 2-'2 inches high: (2) never rake; (3) never water; (4 fertilize spring and fall il use blood meal and/or cottonseed meal): (5) aerate frequently. "1 employ this program on almost half an acre of lawn. 1 frequently cut the grass at three-day intervals to keep clippings from becoming too long. Along with aerating, that is the biggest job I do with fre- · quency and 1 have no crabgrass. -(signed) G. Lewis Oddy, Jr., Coopersburg, Pa." Oddy may or may not be correct when he says crabgrass won't grow under shade trees'or on the north side of buildings. He certainly sounds as if he knows whereof he speaks. I pass this along to you as a public . service. It pains me to see you out there on your hands and knees with your crabgrass diggers and bushel baskets. Ignore all this if you are a member of that' vast fraternity which welcomes crabgrass as being green, hardy, and covering the bare spots. * * * CONTINUING OUR browsing through the July edition of Horticulture magazine, we came across an extremely interesting chapter on lesser-known fruits. Here are some "minor" fruits which will grow in these parts and which a lot of us have forgotten about or just never thought about in the first place. -Take currants, for instance. Currants are just great for making jelly, they're very hardy, easy to grow, and bloom early. There are red. white and black varie- · ties, and you should get the kind that are disease resistant. -Blueberries like a sandy, acid soil. They'll survive down to minus 20 degrees. They come in three forms: highbush. low- bush, and -- for southern climes -- rabbi- teye. ··Gooseberries aren't much in the public eye these days, but time was when everybody had a gooseberry bush. They make fine jams, jellies, sauces, and pies. Get a mildew resistant variety and don't plant it where it'll have wet feet. You'll find that the thornier the gooseberry bush is, the more productive it is -- unfortunately. They come in the familiar green fruited form, and also in red. ··Elderberries are renowned for their wine-making ability, but they're also good in pies when combined with apples. They are easy to grow, relatively disease free, and don't attract insects. »You mustn't forget persimmons. These grow on trees, however, and will take more planning than a bush here or there. You also have to have at least two trees, one male and one female, for pollination. ··Pawpaws grow wild in West Virginia, but if you've had trouble transplanting one there's no reason why. you can't get one from a nursery, just like any other fruit tree. They're hard to grow at first, so you must be prepared to baby yours. means the soil stays moist all the time you keep the tray filled. This not good for some plants. My piggyback (pick-a-back) plant was very unhappy. Before repotting it to a water wick pot I "seemed to be watering it all the time. However, since it was watered from the bottom, the top soil never became damp. And it had time to dry out in between wa- terings, too, not constantly kept soggy. A wick is going to keep the soil moist with no time off for good behavior. Keep this in mind. Piggy is still in his new pot with the wick, but I don't put water in the tray until he seems to need it. He's much happier and almost like his old self. » * * JAPANESE BEETLES . Apply Sevin, Now I HATE to illustrate today's garden column with that ugly bug, the Japanese beetle. But this is the time of year when these nasty pests thrive and the only way to get rid of them is to spray or dust. Sevin is an excellent insecticide for Japanese beetles. Apply it thoroughly so that all parts of the plant are covered by a protective deposit. More than one application may be necessary to maintain protection, especially of new foliage and ripening fruit. Repeat after a heavy rain. Also, remove all spent blossoms and rotten fruit as soon as possible. These beetles love stuff like that. If there is one among you who has never seen a Japanese beetle, here is a description: The adult beetle is about half an inch long, dark green with bronze colored wings. There are 12 white spots along the beetle's edges. Japanese beetles congregate on certain plants and eat them down to the bare bones. Roses are particular favorites, also grapes, raspberries, apples, zinnias, Virginia creepers, and fresh corn silks. 1.1 I Come In or Call BdRental For Your WHEEL CHAD RENTALS and SALES! I A P *-We used to have a mulberry tree and I can't for the life of me remember what happened to it. It was a very messy tree, with mulberries dropping all over the place. But the birds loved it. Mulberries are small trees, fast-growing, and very pretty. They're easy to grow but not much in the food line. However, as we said, birds love 'em. They come in white, black, and red varieties. « * * BY THE WAY, let me pass along some- thing I learned recently. You know these flower pots with the built-in water wicks? Well, this is fine for flowers that need lots of water. You fill the saucer and the wick sucks up the water "as needed." Which Drying Flowers Colonial Fashion By Vivian Brown AP Newsfeatures Writer by's breath, globe-thistle, popPY stems with capusles, grains and grasses may be dried in an upright position. Try your hand at drying flowers as Colonial ladies did, and you'll get an early start on Bicentennial decorating. Flowers from your garden can be used decoratively in containers, on velvet, burlap and wood plaques for the wall. You can make a potpourri out of dried flowers, use them · under domes or give them a modern treatment in mobiles and stabiles as suggested in a very informative handbook, "Dried Flower Designs," published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Some flowers may be air dried by hanging them upside down in bunches, advises Barbara Laking in the booklet. Plants that do not wilt readily -- blue salvia, delphinium, goldenrod, larkspur, grains and grasses -- have lo g spikes with small blossoms that lend themselves to this method. The principle of any drying process is to remove moisture, which causes shrinkage. When flowers are small and short- stemmed, placement and form are not affected, she maintains. Large flowers with many petals -- carnations, cone-flowers, roses, zinnias and other long-stemmed types -- often wilt quickly after cutting and are not satisfactory for air drying. Silica-gel is the best method for those. To dry by air, cut flowers at their peak on a sunny day. Remove foliage to hasten the drying process. Group stripped stems into small bunches, tie securely with a rubber band. After winding elastic twice, , put stems down behind the hanger, pull the second loop of rubber band up and over the stems. The bunch may be removed from the hanger by pulling sharply down. An airy^ warm, dry place such as a furnace room, attic or closet is best for drying. Seme sort of overhead rack-ceiling pipe or whatever--might be used for suspending the flowers on the hangers. Sprays of ba- Drying with silica gel, a chemical compound, may take more effort, explains Elizabeth McDermot, who provides a step- by-step method in the booklet. Flowers must be wired before drying clear to the calyx with an inch or two protruding from the short stem. The flower is set on the silica gel at the bottom of a cookie tin or other container and covered carefully so that the material works in between petals to keep the flower from flattening. Other suggestions by Miss McDermot include these: a cardboard box is ideal for drying spiky flowers - forget-me-nots, deiitzia and other delicate flowers . . . hyacinth must be removed from the silica gel after four days to let the stems dry thoroughly on a clothesline . . . roses may seem to dry quickly but a closer look may reveal that the calyx is still wet. A good chapter by Georgia S. Vance provides tips on mass arrangements ex- How Can If Q. What can I do about plastic curtains that are badly winkled after washing and drying? A. Lay them on a smooth surface, such as a table or the floor, and cover them with magazines. Leave them under the weight of the magazines overnight, and they will usually look as though they had been ironed -- which is an advantage, since plastic cannot be ironed. Q. How can I, if possible, repair a dent I have accidentally put into a furniture surface with a hammer? A. Sometimes you can raise the dent by covering it with several sheets of damp wrapping paper and pressing with a hot iron. This often expands the wood fibers. plaining that such arrangements are composed in three-dimensional geometric forms -- spherical, conical, triangular, rectangular, crescent and oval. Flowers may be groomed by gluing a dropped petal back into place and they may be dusted with a camel's hair brush. An interestng observation is that rounded form flowers are the attention holders -- roses, lilies, dahlias, peonies, camellias, daisies and rounded leaves. Spike forms -- delphinium, larkspur, grains, grasses, salvia, fern fronds -- give airiness to the silhouette. Elongated spray forms -- goldenrod, dock, lilac, plume, celosia and slender-leafed foliage are transitional between spike and rounded forms. Cluster forms - hydrangea, pearly everlasting and boneset -- are used for filler in dried arrangements. Contrasting forms -- feverfew, helpiterum, love-in-a-mist, verbena, pansies, daffoldils and columbine -- are interesting shapes used for vitality in an arrangement. Joan Barry Dutton has contributed an interesting chapter on 18th century winter bouquets used at Colonial Williamsburg, and she observes that an English "Gardener's Dictionary," written in 1731, might have inspiried the colonists to dry certain plants for winter use. She describes the flower drying method-used at Williamsburg and provides illustrations. One of the handsomest is an arrangement -- white larkspur, strawflowers, boneset and scarlet sage -- used in a Williamsburg bedroom. The Colonial housewife probably used soup tureens, mugs, pewter bowls and similar containers that are still used for the purpose. ("Dried Flower Designs" is published by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11225.) 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