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Garden Talk ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, THURS.^JAN. 4, 1973 Page 3 Enjoy Winter Gardening With Choice House Plants BY JOSEPH GABRIELSEN Graettinger, Iowa Now that we are much inside, basking in the comforts of a good home and heat, we can stop looking at the dropping thermometer outside or that white stuff covering the ground and think of pleasant things. A pleasant thing would be to plan on growing more indoor or potted plants and flowers. It is a pleasure walking around in the heated comfort of the home just looking at the progress of prized plants from day to day. JUST AS THE GARDENER gets enjoyment by walking around and looking at his vegetables and flowers in the summer time; or the farmer by looking at his wonder­ ful crops, so can a person enjoy looking at their plants during the long, and bleak winter. There are all kinds of plants we could be growing inside. I have seen vegetables growing in pots which were transplanted from the garden before the deep freeze set in. One of these is simple, ungallant chives. You see, ever so often, one can snip off a bit of chives to enhance the flavor of soup. The same thing can be done with parsley. It grows well inside a house. It is not only pretty with its dark, green ruffled leaves, but it may garnish any salad or soup. Parsley is a good source of natural iron. We ought to make a note to plant some of it in the garden' — come summer. ANOTHER ODDITY is the patio tomato. This is a small plant and tomato especially created to be grown inside. It has a sturdy stalk with thick, dark green leaves. The tomatoes are of medium size, firm and smooth. They would be nice to look at while the cold winds are blowing outside. I saw Mace growing some plants in his greenhouse at Estherville. Even an ordinary tomato, growing in a container inside the house looks cheerful during our winter vacation. A FAVORITE HOUSE PLANT is the African violet It is pretty with its big leaves and delicate bloom. They are a sensitive plant and very much dislike being over- Say Sex Lives of Bulls May Change Meat Source WASHINGTON (AP) - Livestock scientists are tinkering with the sex lives of bulls in hopes of finding new ways of producing more beef without using DES, the growth-boosting chemical now banned from livestock feed. The Agriculture Department said today in the January issue of "Agricultural Research" that if bulls of slightly altered males can be produced with more fat marbling— which indicates grades of meat—they might replace steers as the main source of beef. One USDA scientist involved in beef-cattle experiments told - a reporter that the use of bulls, which secrete natural growth hormones, possibly could eliminate all need for synthetic chemical boosters such as DES. The chemical, diethylstilbestrol, has been under fire from the Food and Drug Administration because it has been known for years to cause cancer in laboratory animals. As of yesterday, Jan. 1, only implanted pellets of DES are permitted in livestock and those are under review by FDA. Steers, which produce most of the nation's beef, are males which have been castrated usually at an early age. The operation eliminates the animal's natural production of testosterone which causes normal bulls to develop rapidly into heavy, muscled male animals. "Steers now hold an advantage in marbling, thus tend to grade higher than bulls," the report said. "However, bulls gain faster and produce heavier carcasses with more lean meat than steers." Tests were conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb., using various forms of sex alteration. Normal bulls, steers and the other animals were fat­ tened, slaughtered and compared for meat quantity and quality. Bulls and males which had been altered slightly produced 12 to 15 per cent more meat protein and 14 to 15 per cent less fat than steers. They also gained faster, produced heavier carcasses and had more meat cuts than steers. Besides the normal surgical castration method, in Which both testicles of an animal are removed, the tests included "short scrotum" treatments and a "Russian „castration" method. In the shor t-scrotum technique, an animal's testicles are pushed upward against or partly into its body and a tight rubber ring or escalastrator is applied to the lower part of the scrotum which then Shrinks" away over; a period of time. "The tests indicated that there is no advantage in using shor t-scrotum males over bulls," the report said. Dr. Everett J. Warwick of the Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md., said in a telephone interview that the short-scrotum method is believed to reduce or eliminate production of life sperm by raising the heat of the testicles. At the same time, he said, the animal apparently corttin- u e s to produce enough testosterone for development of the usual male characteristics. The so-called Russian castration technique involves removal o f some semen-associated tissue but most of the testicle system is left intact. Warwick said the tests with bulls show "great possibilities" for future beef production if feeding and management techniques can be refined. If that can be done, -Warwick said, the use of males in feedlots instead of steers would eliminate the need for DES. One requirement, he said, is that bulls should not be kept longer than 15 or 16 months of age. By then, Warwick said, the animals could weigh 1,100 to 1,200 pounds and be at peak tenderness in their meat. Although management practices vary, most steers fattened to those weights now are 17 to 22 months of age, even with DES. Bull production might require a longer feeding period than used now for steers, Warcick said. There is some evidence, he said, that bulls might do best if started on feed rations after weaning as calves rather than put on pasture for grazing. Quake Forecasts Seen in Future MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Earthquake forecasts as reliable and precise as hurricane warnings will be feasible in 10 years or earlier, a U.S. Geological Survey research chief predicts. "We are on the threshold of spectacular breakthroughs. We anticipate success," Jerry T. Eaton said Wednesday in an interview. Eaton is chief of the survey's office of earthquake research and crustal studies. "All the elements of our work are coming together now. This means that we can judge the site, the time and magnitude," he said. Japanese and Russian research efforts also are progressing on a major scale, Eaton said, and those nations are pooling their information with that developed by American scientists. Eaton said that, while there has been notable progress in earthquake-prediction ability over the last eight years, "we can't venture a scientifically based prediction yet. "I will make an out-on-a-limb guess that there will be no catastrophic quake (in the San Francisco Bay area) of the 1906 San Francisco scale for at least the next 20 to 30 years." The Dec. 23 Managua, Nicaragua, earthquake with its huge toll in human lives and destruction underscores the worth of a reliable quake-predicting system, Eaton said. "It's simple to say what causes a major earthquake. It's the release of stored elastic energy jammed up in the rock faces locked together in plates of the earth's crust moving in opposite directions," Eaton said. Laser and computer instruments developed since the great Alaska earthquake of Good Friday 1964 make it possible to record minute fault creeping and to detect symptoms of fault failure, Eaton said. "With laboratory simulation of rock-strain endurance, plus other clues, we can construct computer models of when there must be a failure in a fault locking system," he said. "It will give us a number of 5 Richter magnitude quakes — just below destructive scale — and we will be able to prove and test out all we have found out," he said. "We'll have to have the dry- run experience with San Andreas quakes of magnitude 5 or less before we can have full confidtnce in our capability of predicting a reaUy major quake," Eaton said. watered. New plants can be propagated by snipping off a leaf, setting it in a small pot, watering it lightly and inverting a glass tumbler over the pot to maintain moisture. Ferns are a popular potted plant. They brighten any corner of the home with their upright plumes and enduring color. They vary in size from large ones like alsophila australis, the Australian tree fern, and Dicksonia antartica or Tasmaniana tree fern to small, slender plumed ones: I like the Dicksonia very much. It is large and beautiful. WE GREW THE FERNS in the slatted section of a nursery I worked in in California. Once, somebody forgot to water a $20 Dicksonia in a large container and the leaves died. We cut the dead leaves off and it sprouted from the roots. But it took months to grow out again. If we have room, the philodon- drons with their big stalk and large leaves are fine specimens. Some have large fiddle or heart shaped leaves. But Hike the split- leaf philly the best. It is the most popular. Then there is the ficus or rubber plant which is as good indoor plant there is. We can see them growing profusely at the Spencer Shopping Center. THE COLEUS IS A POPULAR, multi-colored leaf plant. Even the lovely camelias and azeal- ias can be tried for indoor culture. Their blooms are eyecatch­ ing and beautiful. It is well to remember that all shade loving plants are on the acid side and take that kind of fertilizer. If you want other varieties, take a stroll in the greenhouses. You may get some ideas. Change names? I'll second that By Abigail Van Buren ® lfTJ bi CMcafO TrlDvnt-N. Y. Ntws SmiJ., Inc. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I named our son John Allen Jones n after my husband. We used "the second" because we didn't want to call the baby "Junior." We were later told that "the second" should not be used when a boy is named after his father. It is used only when a boy is named after another relative bearing the same name. We know several people who have used "the second" when naming a son after his father. Have all these people made a mistake or has the rule changed? In this state [Tennessee] we have one year in which to make a change in a name without any difficulties. Please tell us whether we should change "the second" to "Junior." NEEDS TO KNOW DEAR NEEDS: Change your son's name from "the second" to "Junior." A child bearing the same name as his father is Juniar. If a child bears his grandfather's name, which is different from his father's name, he is "the second." If grandfather, son and grandson all have the same name, the father of course is "Junior" and the grandson is "the third." The use of "the second" indicates that the bearer of the name is a cousin, nephew, or grandson of the original holder of it. DEAR ABBY: We are two girls who are having a big argument. She's 17 and I'm 18. She's a virgin and I'm not, and she says a guy can tell whether a girl is a virgin or not by the way she walks. I say a girl doesn't walk any differently after she's gone all the way with a guy than she did before. We'll be looking for your answer. WAITING IN COLORADO DEAR WAITING: You can't tell if a girl is a virgin by the way she walks. But you can sometimes tell by the way she TALKS. DEAR ABBY: The other day 1 was with a young friend who told me [with no shame whatsoever] that she was using her husband's telephone credit card given to him by his firm to be used for business calls only. She bragged that she made long distance telephone calls to her parents and friends all over the United States and thinks nothing of it. And she said her husband said it was okay. This young woman has four children and she would be furious if one of her children "stole" anything. Yet that is exactly what she is doing. I can't understand some parents. No wonder their children don't respect them. I am sure her husband would lose his job if his firm ever caught on. Or do all businesses expect a certain amount of chiseling? NO NAME, NATURALLY DEAR NO NAME: I'm sure they don't. Your friend is not only dishonest, she's stupid. Somebody should tell her husband to wise up, get his credit card back and go straight. Companies check up on that sort of thing. CONFIDENTIAL TO WORRIED IN CEDAR RAPIDS: My doctor said: "TeU the 49-year-old lady with the 52-year- old husband to keep her guard up. She is not beyond the •ge of child-bearing." the people tire people Laugh at winter snows with LOW COST TRACTION FIRESTONE RETREADS FOR 6.00-13 Blackwall. Plus 350 per tire Fed. Ex. tax and 2 recappable tires off your car. 6.50-13 8 t^^JM 7.00-13 FOR E "t 6.95-14 8 *00 5,60-15 FOR Ba^P 7.35-14,15 8 *0O 7.75-14.15 FOR SO 8.25-14 8 8.25-15 FOR *IM%0 8.55-14 > 8.55-15 FOR «9flS 8.85-14,15 8 >1 9.50-14 FOR Blackwalla. All prices plus 370 to 670 per tire Fed. Ex. tax and 2 recappable tires off your car. WHITEWALLS ONLY*l.50 PER TIRE MORE 4 WAYS TO CHARGE If we should sell out of your size a "raincheck" will be issued, assuring future delivery at the advertised price. FIRESTONE ;^<^***%SUP-R TRED Here is a wide winter retread with the famous Town & Country All Position tread. Open traction pattern on the inside; stable "filled shoulder" pattern on the outside. Use on two wheels or all four. 37 F78-14 F78-15 8 $ FOR G78-14 G78-15 2 «. FOR 41 H78-14 H78-15 8 % FOR FOR WHITEWALLS ONLY •I.BO PER TIRE MORE J78-14 J78-15 8 9. FOR 47 Blackwalla. All pricw plus 620 to 7BC per tire Fed. Ex. tax and 2 recappable tires off your car. ALL WINTER TREADS AVAILABLE Jft laws permit. WITH ICE GRIP STUDS... Priced as shown at Firestone Stores. Competitively priced at Firestone Dealers and at all service stations displaying the Firestone sign ROAD ATLAS by RAND-M C NALLY Revised 1973 edition • 128 big pages, size ll" x 14 7 £" • Road maps, mileage tables of U.S., Canada, Mexico • Maps of 184 major cities Your premium for shopping at Firestone. CAMPERS! VANS! PICKUPS! FIRESTONE TRANSPORT* TRUCK TIRES Bring your car in this week for these //the people tire people) ou,su """ n9 /& WINNING SERVICE VALUES DISC BRAKE SERVICE We install four new brake pada, resurface rotori, repack front bearing! and insfwet caliper! and rear brakei. 10 POINT BRAKE OVERHAUL 'ncludei new lining mid rebuilding wb*fl cylinder* i>n all (nor whe.-lv arc lining*, turn rlrumi. repack it<>nl hearing" mid iriipt-it dirnplfte nssttrn Standard and c<iti |vj»p nn|v.) ill

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