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The Adams County Record Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Page 15 Garden Corner I love cucumbers! By Myrna Weikal -- 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.ne Big, juicy, red tomatoes are being sliced and served at tables all over the county, and I have had the pleasure of sampling many of them. Yum! And cucumbers! It hasn't mattered a bit that I had no surviving slicing cucumber plants, as several people have generously shared their harvest. Oh! How I love cucumbers! I like to put fat slabs of them in my sandwiches. A favorite combination is cheese, cucumber and tomato. I put cheese on both slices of bread with the vegetables in between, so they don't make the bread soggy. I also love a cucumber and peanut butter sandwich. Another great way to use cucumbers is to make a fresh tartar sauce, mixing shredded cucumbers with mayo or sour cream, salt and pepper and a little fresh, dill weed. Serve it with your fish instead of the usual pickle tartar. Or, heck, I've been known to peel and eat a cuke standing at the counter with a salt shaker, no need for ceremony. Bob and Patty Compton (Midvale) stopped by the library the other day with cucumbers from their garden, and said that they are having a banner gardening year, free for the first time since 1998 from devastating invasions of grasshoppers. Apparently the vast numbers in previous years has led to an outbreak of some kind of grasshopper disease and subsequent population collapse. Patty sent me pictures of her garden that have me green with envy. I notice they used row crop covers for organic pest control. What a beautiful garden! I got a call from Rocky Byers of Council asking l for the recipe for organic bug spray. His 100+ year old Delicious apple tree has wormy apples this year, and he is hoping to get the situation under control. I sprayed my apple trees with dormant spray and hung milk jug bug traps in them, and I still have wormy apples. Obviously I missed some essential part of pest control. The University of Southern Utah Extension service has a great little video about integrated pest control of coddling moths, the beast that produces the "worms" (actually larvae) that are infesting our apples. First, the organic methods: mix cup of molasses with 2 cups of water and teaspoon of yeast. Put it in a jug with a wide mouth. She used a gallon cider jug with the top cut off and wire handle attached for hanging. Put the jug on the tree from late May to mid-September, emptying and refilling as necessary. Next, in mid- to late-June, cut a strip of corrugated cardboard about 6" wide and long enough to wrap around the trunk of your tree. Fasten the cardboard with a couple of staples to the trunk of the tree about two feet up from the ground, with the corrugations facing toward the trunk. The larvae leave THOMASON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Family C.vned and Operated - Burial Services - Cremation 8ervic . Pre.planning Optior - Monument3 221 E. Court 8t " Weir, ID 83672 (208) 414.1234 . Lienkaemper-Tho maton .corn the fruit on the ground, climb up the trunk to lay their eggs and find the corrugations to be a good place to stop. 'During the course of summer pull the cardboard off and remove the egg sacks, or burn the cardboard and replace it. Last ditch, haul out the big guns and spray with carbaryl, malathion or permethrin. She also suggested: wrapping each apple with a bag to keep the moths from contact with them. I don't think so. Not on my big apple tree. But I have tried to be more diligent about removing fallen apples from the ground around the tree, since that seems to be a part of the cycle. I had been tossing them into the woods, but since moths can fly right back to the tree maybe I ought to give them to the chickens instead. Danna Barnhart of Council has some great information about the medicinal use of the chokecherry plant. She writes, "I enjoyed your . article about Chokecherries in this week's Record. Thought I would provide you with a little herb information and historic notes that are in a book authored by Darcy Williamson from McCall, who has spent over 40 years studying, harvesting and preparing medicinal plants of the Rocky Mountains. Her book is titled "Healing Plants of the Rocky Mountains" and we sell the book for her at all the fairs, and events we attend. We are in Council and provide a lot of herbs as 'D & L Herbs' - we learned what we know from Darcy y Danna attached an information sheet that includes how chokecherry can be used as an eyewash, febrifuge, cough syrup, and for other medicinal purposes. I want a copy of Darcy Williamson's book for our library. I love my Record readers! You have a wonderful newspaper up there, my lovely neighbors-to-the- north. END OF SUMMER SMARTPHONE SALE % OFF HURRY! 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