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SA--~.eMa!akoff News~ Thursday, Ju!y !6, 1981 " " " avonne Go ylo Finch, County Extension Agent Well, it is happening again! After Any condition such as age of thechecked closely are tomatoes, okra, will help lower the nematode population ~i getting through some seemingly im- plant, high temperature, low moisture, beans, cucumbers, squash and for next year. Rye, not ryegrass, possible early garden problems such as low fertility, and even the common southern peas. Closely examine the planted in early fall will make good By DICKDWELLE planting seed too deep, too much rain foliage diseases can cause plant stress roots for knots or galls which indicate growth if fertilized and watered• As the and dropping blooms, things finally got which can lead to bitter fruit, the presence of root knot nematodes. If rye grows the top should be cut andMrs. Lavonne Adams who has better. Cubumber plants started Therefore, any condition which causes nematodes are found, now is the time to allowed to return to the garden soil, been on the staff of Henderson growing normally, and producing some cucumber plants to grow slowly and do begin a control program, thereby increasing the organic matter :! County Clint W. Murchison food for the dinner table• Now, poorly can cause bitterness. MostRemove the plants• Clean up the content of the soil. This practice will !~ Memorial Library for the past gardeners will agree that bitter cucumbers generally come from un- vigorous, unhealthy, poor yielding plants. Once the cucumber plants start to produce bitter fruit they should be removed from the garden as all sub- sequent fruit will be affected in a similar manner. It is important to note that bitterness is not only associated with garden cucumbers. No doubt most gardeners have tasted bitter lettuce and eggplant. Lettuce harvested late in the spring is often times bitter. Eggplant often produces bitter fruit towards mid- summer when temperatures are high and moisture is lacking. Fortuhately with eggplant the plant can be pruned back, re fertilized and therefore, rejuvenated with the result being a second crop of high quality fruit. Remember, high temperatures in combination with other factors which slow or inhibit plant growth can result in a bitter flavor or off taste of many garden vegetables. Planting at the right time so that the vegetables will mature during ideal conditions along with providing them with adequate fertility and moisture can delay or avoid many problems associated with poor vegetable flavor. CHECK FOR NEMATODES Now is a good time to determine if nematodes are a problem in your garden. Plants which should be garden of any infected plants, getting rid of as many of the plant roots as possible. Nematode eggs or larvae in the plant roots will be resistant to any control practices used. Till the soil. Nematodes are water loving animals that if exposed to the drying effects of the sun will be destroyed. During the months of July, August and early September we nor- mally receive very little rainfall. Soil which is tilled or spaded during this time will dry to a very low level of soil moisture and can't support a nematode population. Use of cereal rye. This is a much discussed and new part of a nematode control program. Cereal rye will act as a trap crop for nematodes. The larvae will enter the roots but are not able to undergo complete development and thus die. Granted the number entering is low but some do and this reduction also prevent winter weeds from developing as the clippings will shade the soil and prevent weed seedliags from developing. When the rye is tilled under in later December or early January the leaves and stems decay giving off an organic acid which is toxic to nematodes. This will further reduce the level of nematodes in the soil. The organic material will also encourage the development of nematode trapping fungi. Resistant varieties. Use nematode resistant varieties when available to however, another problem is cropping up. The cucumbers which were doing just great are now producing bitter fruit just when gardeners are getting ready to do some pickling. Does this sound familiar? It should because it happens about this time each and every year. Bitter tasting cucumbers are just about as predic- table as spider mites on tomatoes. First of all, the bitterness is not due to planting during the wrong sign of the moon, improper variety selection, poor pollination or that the cucumbers are crossing with squash or pumpkins. If you will think about the sequence of events which led to the bitter cucum- bers, you can determine the cause of this phenomenon yourself. Chances are the bitter fruit did not show up until well into the season, perhaps two, three or even four weeks after the first harvest. You should ask yourself this question, "What has happened between the time I began harvesting good cucumbers until they started to become bitter?" Well, the answer is two things: first of all the weather has changed, it has gotten hotter. Secondly, the plants have gotten older. These two conditions without doubt can be directly related to the bitter tasting cucumbers. Bricks Cracked? Sills Rotten? Unlevel Floors? --CALL-- Deri Cannon Rt.l, Athens 675-7096 Tomatoes - Big Set, Bonus, Better Boy and Small Fry; Southern peas Mississippi; Sweet corn - all varieties; Sweet potatoes - Jewel and Centennial; Onion - all varieties; and Garlic - all varieties. :i three years, will assume the ii position of librarian August 1. :. She will succeed Mrs. Peggy ii Sloss, librarian for the past five :i years. Mrs. Sloss submitted her i: resignation earlier this month for :i personal reasons and the board :: accepted it with reluctance in a ~: called meeting Tuesday• Her :i resignation is effective at the end ii of July. Mrs. Mildred Brandon, chair- :::: man of the library board, said that !i the library will operate with its i: present staff and will not be adding :: any personnel. provide natural resistance. Some of the nematode resistant varieties are: Mrs. Sloss is only the second ::! person to serve as librarian. Mrs. ::: Don Gray held that position when ~. :i: the library was established in 1972 i:i and served for the first four years• \ :ii She is now a member of the county- ,~ appointedlibrary board. .: :. Mrs. Brandon said that she and ilthe entire board greatly appreciate the contribution Mrs• Sloss has :: made to the library over the years• :: "We certainly will miss her. We ~i regret losing Peggy, and our best !: wishes go with her." :: Mrs. Joyce Lowe will move into Have you ever seen a 250-pound Black-Eyed Pea? Well, that's just what you will see ff you come to the 11th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree in Athens, July 17, 18 and 19. Felix Avalos, a master in the art of woodcarving, was commissioned by the Athens Chamber of Commerce to carve a Black-Eyed Pea for this year's Jamboree. The master woodcarver will also be on hand during the three days of the "Jamboree, doing his thing with a chain-saw and chisels. Avalos will be carving a carousel horse, beginning with pieces of wood that he has laminated together to ~ive • The strength and resilience of polyester cord • Plenty of road-gTipping tread edges for all-around traction • The performance dependability of bias-ply construction A78-13 whitewall plus $1.50 FET. no trade needed• the horse extra strength. Then he'll take a chain-saw to cut away the wood to make the basic shape of the horse. Avalos will be set up in the Arts & Crafts Show area and will be doing the actual carving there the three days of the Jamboree, as well as selling some of his other work• Felix and his family have just recently moved to Texas from Tracy, Calif. They now live at fiat Creek Cove, south of Chandler. He came to Texas to visit some friends, liked it here in Texas and decided to move• Avalos began sculpting about six years ago. A boating accident left his hands severely burned and at one time thought he would never be able to use them again. As a form of therapy he took up archery and at a shoot com- petition someone asked him to carve a tiger from styrofoam. A man was so impressed with the tiger that he gave Avalos some wood carving tools and wood to carve a ?ooster. This was his first woodcarving. In 1979, at Cal Expo (California's state fair) he tackled his largest project, a life-sized carving of John Wayne. The completed statue stands 7'4", from the base to the top. The statue will atso be for sale' and"on display at the Jamboree. Avalos carves from soapstone and marble, but wood is his favorite. Some of his other sculptures include busts of people, including Betty Grable, animals, and carousel figures, with western cowboys being his favorite subjects to sculpt. Come visit with Felix at the Jam- boree and watch a beautiful carousel horse appear before your very eyes[ For more information concerning the Black-Eyed Pea Jamboree contact the Athens Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 608J, Athens, Texas 75751, or call (214) 675-5181. Walter Hagen won the American PGA championship five times, from 1921 to 1927. the ion Mrs. Adams on the staff• part-time already working with Brandon explained• "We are most Mrs. Adams was this important Brandon said. years here and library work elsewhere someone with the know-how to handle the "The board has her ability as head of the continue to build on the l excellence Gray and Peggy," Mrs. said. In a report June it was stated had 31,837 volumes circulation on December During 1980, the librarY c 56,787 books. It opel full-time staff part-time. Ex totaled $45,080, inclt of books year. The library is county. It receives support from the of Athens, Friends of the Public Library private donations. SC Miss Lisa Nolan of Trinidad is the recipient of the Wolens-Gibson medical scholarship for Navarro College for 1 1-82. She was chosen from a large field of medical career applicants and plans to pursue a career in nursing. She graduates from the Navarro College LVN class Aug. 14 and will begin RN studies in September. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nolan of Trinidad. Biogas program demonstrates how manure saves money Manure down on the farm can now mean more than just a mess• It can mean fuel and that means money -- money saved and perhaps money ear- ned -- and that's good news for both farmers and food-btiying urbanites. A Tarleton State University resear- cher recently demonstrated how anaerobic"cRgestlon of animal waste produces biogas which is 60 percent methane and 40 percent carbon dioxide. Biogas can be used in the same manner as natural gas or it can be used as a fuel for internal combustion engines with minor carburetor modifications. Dr. Ed Fulton, professor of poultry husbandry at Tarleton, built two anaerobic digestion systems; one the size for a family farm and the other designed for specialized poultry, swine or dairy farming. Fulton's work is supported by grants from Texas A&M University's Center for Energy and Mineral Resources. Miss Lisa NoiSP Enrollment to rise in en College students will engineering and the fall as those areas perience the greatl growth, report Te.xas officials. Dr. Bill Lay, said requests for engineering are up cent and applications ministration also are up. Dr. Robert Hill, a business analyst, said new during the next decade students. 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