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Page 6 Garden Corner Everyone's complaining about the heat, but no one is doing anything about it! It's hard to get very excited about weed pulling in this weather, but it is very important to practice weed birth control now, before seed heads explode into trillions of new pestiferous plants. S0mweeds, such as wild lettuce, pig weed, kochia, and thistle, you can control organically if you are willing: just cut the seed heads off or cut the plants back to the ground. They probably won't have enough reserves left to produce new seed heads before the growing season ends. But I think bind weed, button weed, crab grass, and purslane will keep producing seeds right up to the last days of good weather, so if you want to eliminate them you are going to have to go to greater lengths. Kill bind weed and button weed in your lawn with 2,4-D. In your garden or elsewhere use a glycophosphate (Roundup-type) herbicide. Fo.r purslane control the best thing you can do is remove the plants from the garden. They can form huge mats several feet in diameter if left to their own devices. Try to find the center of the plant and cut it off at the root. Get as many of the leaves picked up as you can, as they will spread from leaf starts as well as seed from the tiny yellow flowers. Don't compost them. If you just hoe them, they will simply spread. You might kill them with herbicide if you include a surfactant to get it to stick Wednesday, August 15, 2012 The Adams County Record Pestiferous plants By Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.net to the waxy leaves, but I've found removal most effective. The removal method is a good way to control puncture vine, too, early in the season, but by the time the flowers are blooming the plant has already produced seed heads that are viable. This late in the year it's too late to do it the easy way, but maybe you can torch the ground later, when the burn ban is lifted. I cut some nice heads of broccoli and cauliflower out of my garden last week. When I tasted the raw cauliflower it was hot and bitter and I was about to throw in the towel on cauliflower, but after I blanched it the bitterness was gone, so maybe I don't have to give up on it just yet. I planted radishes, lettuce, turnips and daikon for late fall harvest. I will be getting beans soon, I hope, and the egg plants continue to produce nice aubergines. I learned that it is possible to dry eggplants, so I will be able to save some of the excess for soups, stews and ragouts later. I cubed them and tossed them with lemon juice to prevent oxidation, then just put them in the dehydrator for about 24 hours. Lovely! Vickie Freeman of Council has flea beeries in her broccoli. At least, that's what it sounds like. I Googled up this information about control from the WSU Clark County Extension website: Interplant cabbages or broccoli with radishes; the flea beeries should prefer the radishes. Tomatoes may provide protection to cabbage-family crops when interplanted with them. Use thick layers of organic mulch, which may make it difficult for female flea beetles to deposit eggs near the base of garden plants in late spring. Except for the Western potato flea beetle, most flea beetle larvae do not damage plants, but they do mature into another generation of hungry garden pests! Cultivate frequently before and after planting to destroy larvae and eggs in soil. Use a tiller, a garden fork, a hoe or other implement to bring the soil-dwelling stage of the flea beetle population to the surface, exposing it to the elements and predators. Tilling after harvest may kill adults settling in for the winter. Small-flowered plants such as daisies, cosmos, alyssum, yarrow, dill, fennel, angelica, clover and coneflower attract beneficial insects. Aim to have some of these in bloom throughout the season. Install white sticky traps every three to five feet among vulnerable plants. To make your own sticky traps, use plastic foam insulation board or another rigid material that is white or can be painted white, cut into four-by- six-inch rectangles. Cover each white rectangle with a plastic bag or clingy plastic wrap. Coat the plastic with a commercial vegetable-based sticky substance like Tangle Trap. No one sent me a sugar- free dill pickle relish recipe, so I have had to make my own. I'I1 let you know if it turns out. Bear Facts Cuprum has been busy the past week. Wanda Coates gave a lesson on how to make tamales in Judy Arbogost's kitchen for the ladies of Cuprum. Afterward all were invited to a town potfeed, a Mexican dinner at Judy's private bar. Dawn Robins made aprons for several of the ladies in Cuprum. She did a great job and was appreciated for her thoughtfulness. Bobbi Sanchez who has lived in Cuprum and is now living in Brookings, Oregon, is reported to be ill and in the hospital there. Jessii Moser and brother, "Tad Moser, live at Weiser, but spend time at Bear where they help with the cattle. Both won Grand Champion Awards at the Weiser l:air. Congratulations, Kids. Butch and Nancy Edwards left Saturday morning on their way home to Bouse, Az. They have been visiting Nancy's aunt, Tina, and her cousin, Jewel Woods. They have a home near Bouse, and her mother, brother and sister all live nearby. There were large groups of campers, both at Huckleberry Camp and at the end of the road. It was fun visiting with one gentleman who looked so much like Dennis Lakey and was camped with family at Huckleberry. He finally said he was a brother, which was quite evident. I had trouble with my little Side X Side driving it up Bear Creek, Saturday. When I stopped to visit with a family camped  Doctor of Doatal Surgery Advanced Education i General Densit D, Post Full-Time Practice setwing Council and Cambridge since 2002 " Lots of campers By Tina Warner- 258-4471 there the gentleman told me I had a low tire, but he would put some air in it for me to get home. After looking at it awhile he ask if it would be okay to fix the hole in the tire. I had no money with me but when he asked if I lived where the sign says Cranky Old Lady Lives Here he thought perhaps it would be okay to fix it. He had everything with him and settled for a THANK YOU. We meet some .of the nicest people who are camping. Most of the citizens of Bear enjoyed the party on Hornet Creek, Friday evening, to celebrate the marriage of Brandan and Sandra Ward. Family and friends from Council and Cambridge were there as well. There was enough food to feed the county, lots of visiting and well- wishes to the couple, home in Boise, Sunday Peter Hewes and his evening. wife, Teresa Brown, spent Sue Warner and her the weekend at the log sister-in-law, Dawn house of Joy Brown's. Holmes of Indian Valley, They returned to their picked huckleberries Sunday afternoon and had a good visit. They found a very good patch, they recorded. Council Elementary Child Find The Council Elementary School offers a special education pre- school program for developmentally delayed and/or handicapped children ages 3-5 years. Parents wishing to have their child screened for this program should contact the Elementary School office at 253-4223. This is an ongoing process. The checklist below may be helpful in determining the eligibility of your child for this Special Education Service. SPEECH OR LANGUAGE -TALKING - If a child: - is not talking in short sentences by age four. - isn't understood by people outside the family by age five. HEARING - If a child: - usually turns the same ear toward sounds he wants to hear. - doesn't respond when called from another room. MOVING - If a child: -can't walk up and down stairs by age three. -can't balance on one foot by age four -can't play ball by age five. SEEING - If a child: - often can't locate and pick up small objects within reach - frequently rubs eyes or complains. - holds head in a strained position when trying to look at an object.- tilts head to either side or thrusts head forward or backward. THINKING - If a child: - doesn't understand simple stories told or read by age three. - doesn't give reasonable answers about sleep or hunger by age four. - doesn't .understand simple stories, directions or meanings of words. PERSONAL SOCIAL - If a child: isn't aware of differences between male and female by age three or four. - doesn't respond to social contact made by familiar adults by age four or five. - doesn't describe his or her feelings. - doesn't choose his or her own friends by age four or five. ADAPTIVE - If a child: - Eating- doesn't obtain a drink from a tap or other sources by age three or four. - Dressing - doesn't button or unbutton clothing by themselves by age three or four. - Personal Responsibility - doesn't complete learning task having two or more steps by age four or five. - Toileting - doesn't sleep through the night without wetting the bed.