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i*C -- August 10,1975 Sunda\ Gatette-Mail mw " Caif*sÂ«x Â«Wi' We.** How Does Your Garden Grow? Front Porch Tomatoes Staff Photos by Frank Wllkin Pre-canned Tomatoes Look Drab, But They're Hard Working Plants Flowers in planting box are pretty, but who can eat them? Trudy Clonch, D.L. Barker Jr. Wed MOUNT OLIVE - Miss Trudy Lynn Clonch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Clark Clonch, of Mount Olive, became the bride of Denver Leslie Barker Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Denver Leslie Barker Sr. of Marfrance, at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Mount Olive Baptist Church. The Rev. W.W. Truman and the Rev. Houston Booth performed the double-ring, candlelight ceremony and music was provided by Mrs. Judy Conley, Charles Manley and Mr. Booth. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her sister Miss Tamara Clonch of Mount Olive, was maid of honor and bridesmaids were Miss Pamela Bragg of Point Pleasant and Miss Lynn Copeland of Dixie, cousins of the bride. Michelle Barker, niece of the bridgroom, and Thomson were flowergirl and ringbearer. * * * ROBERT BARKER was best man for his brother. Ushers were David Buster of Rainelle, Bernard Franklin of Charmco and John Clonch, of Mount Olive, the bride's cousin. Following a reception at the church, the couple left for a wedding trip to Hawk's Nest and Blackwater Falls" state parks. They will live at Cannelton. Mrs. Barker is a graduate of Montgomery High School and is a sophomore chemistry major at West Virginia Institute of Technology, where her husband studied physical education, health and safety and was a member of the varsity football team. He graduated from Greenbrier West High School and is employed by Skaggs Enterprises, Inc. It's Direct From Paris Mrs. D.L. BARKER . . . former Trudy Clonch Filling in for Anne Howard, Sunday Giaette-Mail garden editor, it Harold C Cadd, State Magazine editor, tcAo detail* one of hit tucceuei in gardening. By Harold C. Gadd Frustrated would-be tomato gardeners take heart. I have found the secret of success under impossible conditions. Attend: During the gardening season, there is precious little sunshine in our yard. We have emphasized trees over the years. Weeds, yes. Crabgrass, yes. Vegetables, no! But, there is one bright spot in this dismal situation. The front porch. It is without a roof and is bathed in hot, brilliant sunshine throughout all those months when you would rather have it shady and cool. THUS, A DILEMMA. Where the soil is the sunshine isn't. Where the sunshine is-the soil isn't. Solution? Take the soil to the sunshine. Sounds simple enough, but housewives take a very dim view of husbands who propose piling 12 inches of topsoil on the front porch for the summer months. At least, mine does. Solution? Raise vegetables as potted plants sitting on the front porch in the beautiful sunshine. Problem: How big must each pot be for tomato plants? No one will hazard a guess. Suggestions ran to "big pot, big plant; little pot, little plant." (Little pot, little plant, little tomatoes. Phooey!) But, how many five-gallon pots can I put on the front porch without it collapsing? TIME TO COMPROMISE and gamble. I will go with one-gallon pots and crossed fingers. One-gallon-sized clay pots are expensive and this whole project may be a farce. Compromise again. Go with restaurant-sized tin cans. They're free from any friendly restaurateur. From there, it was all downhill. Well, almost. I punched three holes in the bottom of each can to convert it to a pot. filled them with top soil and peat moss, and put in the plants--by this time they were looking mighty tired of waiting for me to come up with the right answers. The old standby transplanting solution of Hyponex arid Rapid-gro took care of that. (One tablespoon of each in a gallon of water. If you haven't tried it, you should.) I wired the cans of potted plants to the outside of the wrought iron railing on the front porch for two reasons: one, they wouldn't fall oft or get knocked over: two. 1 had built-in stakes. Then came the most beautiful piece of deductive reasoning and the one 1 credit for all my success. I think 1 stole this idea from someone, but I don't know from whom or where. PRUNE THE PLANTS'to keep them You, too, can raise a blushing beauty. But It May Run Your Water Bill Sky High lean and productive. After all, I was looking for tomatoes--not beautiful leaves and stems. My plants have divided, compound leaves. I barbered each leaf stem after it had achieved two leaflets on each side. I pinched some off. cut some with a penknife, scissored others. It doesn't make any difference. The leaf doesn't seem to mind how you prune as long as you do it cleanly. I also pinched off the suckers as fast as they.appeared. It was probably unnecessary, but about the first week of June, when the blooms usually can't make up their minds to fall off or make fruit. I invested in a can of- blossom set. Used it once and decided to heck with it. Let nature take its course. Along about the first of July, my plants began to look like fall foliage was going to be mighty early this year. I dosed them with some more Hyponex and Rapid-go. Since then, I vitamin them every two-; weeks. ONE LAST BIT of advice. If you're;, going to grow tomatoes in tin cans on your- front porch, don't plan to take any vaca-I tions away from home..When your plants- get down to business, you're going to have.- to water like crazy. Right now. my 17i plants take 7 Ms gallons of water a day to- keep them from wilting. Put foil pie pans under your cans to hold a reservoir of water. It helps, but it still won't let you leave town. But there're producing the prime ingredient of bacon and tomato sandwiches. 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