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q-he Adams County Record Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Page 9 Garden Corner After Sunday's light rainfall, the air on my Monday morning walk smelled of sage. Unburned sage. What a nice change! A couple of days ago I was at the gas station scrubbing the dead bugs off my windshield when one of Kindall's bee keepers pulled up at the next pump. I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to indulge my curiosity and ask a bee question: How many bees are lost to vehicles' windshields out of the hives placed near the road? I always feel so guilty for slaughtering poor innocent bees, already in peril from diseases, etc. He said that they don't really notice the loss because the young bees fly higher and it's only the old bees that get creamed on the windshield. As they age they have a harder time gaining altitude, proving that it's not only us women of a certain age that have trouble with gravity. I asked Glenda Castleberry to write the column today because she is so very much more knowledgeable about seed saving than I am, and now is the time. She says: About this time of year we are all nearly done with our gardens, or at least we want to be done with them. But now is the time to really start collecting seeds for next year if you are so inclined. If you haven't tried saving seeds before, you will find it a worthwhile endeavor. Saving seeds I have saved 'flower and vegetable seed for years. I don't think I have bought any zinnia and marigold seed for several years. To grow and save seed yourself you will need to start with non-hybrid seed. Hybrids usually will not grow a plant that looks like the parent plant; with hybrids you'll never know what you may come up with. Start out with heirloom or non- hybrid seeds, qhey will grow up to look just like Mom and Dad. In other words if you plant a non- hybrid butternut you will get a butternut not a pumpkin. Basically, it is a very simple procedure to save seed. When you have your non-hybrid going good, pick out the best fruit of each variety, including several different plants of the same species that you want to save and tie a ribbon around them, or mark it some way so you will know that they are the best ones. Save seeds from several different plants to keep the species strong. Let them ripen on the vine and mature, which will mean you may have a zucchini the size of a blimp by fall. Once they are mature, cut them open and scoop out the seed, wash them and let them air dry for about a week. I put my seed in envelopes, marking on the outside what it is and if it happens to be flowers, the color, and it is also a good idea to date the packet. Tomatoes are processed By Myrna Weikal (and Glenda Cast&berry) 355-5829 - mweikal@mtecom.net differently. Once your tomatoes have ripened, you must squeeze the seeds into a clean shallow dish, set it on top of your fridge and let it mold over. Once it has molded, you carefully rinse the seed, let them dry and then store. For flowers, lettuce and anything that flowers and then produces seed, it's just a matter of letting the flower head dry and then catching the seeds before they fly away. Lettuce is especially prone to that -- if you don't catch it right away you will have lettuce everywhere. The worst is dill. My advice for dill? Don't even think about if. Seeds can keep for several years, I have some that are still good and they are at least five years old. To check to see if they are still viable place several on a wet paper towel, role it up and put it in a warm place keeping it moist. Check in about ten days, and if over fifty percent are sprouted, you are good to go. You can keep the seed in a cool dark closet, which is what I do, or you can place them in freezer bags and freeze them; just be sure you open the freezer bag so condensation does not dampen the seed when you take them out to thaw. Seed will keep a very long time when frozen. Seed saving can be a great hobby, and the best investment you can make in case things get tougher with the economy. Happy gardening! Pastor's Corner I Thought I Made A Mistake Once, But I Was Wrong! by Wayne Freedman You've undoubtedly heard the joke, " I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong" "l-his is usually said by someone when they have just discovered that they are in error about something and wish to save face. Well, last Friday I thought I had made a huge mistake, and it happened again under the floor of our new church building on a work day when we had a whole crew of volunteers there to get part of a big job done. We had started to install over a mile of pipe between the floor joists of our new building when it appeared to me that I had miscounted and was off in the holes that I had drilled to install each loop on both sides of our sanctuary. My fear of being made to look foolish because I had not given enough attention to detail (a trademark of my life) gripped my heart. As 1 belly crawled from one side to the other, under the floor, I poured out the situation to the LORD and remembered how I had "acknowledged Him" trusting that He would help me as I drew the diagram and drilled the holes in preparation for our big work day. As I neared the other side of the building, the promise in the last part of Proverbs 3:6 came to mind, "and He will make your paths straight." What this Hebrew phrase means is that He will make what seems to be crooked and getting you nowhere, accomplish what He had is mind all along, which is always better in the long run anyway. Arriving at the other side, I realized that I had intentionally skipped one joist as laid out in the diagram, so we were not out of alignment as I had feared. Now everything could proceed as planned. MISS YOUR ....... .... Keynote Speaker: Congressman Ra(d Labrador Other Speakers: Supertintendant of Public Instruction Tom Luna Senator Monty Pearce, Senator Steven P. Thayn, Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney Judy Boyle, Terry Gestrin THOMASON FUNERAL HOME 7 4k CREI LATOWf Family Oled and Operated At Ernies SteakHouse at the 45th Parallel, New Meadows 5:00 PM No Host Bar Social Hour 5:45 PM Hamburger Bar $10 per person R.S.V.P. Viki Purdy, Adams County COP Chairman 347-3345 (leave mssg) email xpmeadows@ frontier.corn Robin James, Adams County COP Vice Chair m  [ 741-7413 jamesgang5 l@hotmail.com  ] Sponsored by Adams County Republican Party with the support of Valley County Repulican Party ] In addition, I discovered that the joist we had chosen to use to begin threading the pipe under the floor was located at almost the exactly middle of the loop and enabled us to thread going both ways, preventing us from having to splice the pipe and creating a higher risk for leaks. qqae reality of being able to trust the LORD with all my heart, leaning not on my own understanding, in all my ways acknowledging Him, so that He could make my paths straight has been affirmed for me this month under the floor of our church building under construction for His glory. Death Notices Marie Rhodes Marie Rhodes, 91, of Cambridge died September 18, 2012 in Cambridge. Arrangements are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home. william "Bud" Panike William "Bud" Panike, 90, of Ontario, Oregon, died September 21, 2012 at his home on the The Slope. Services are under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser. Condolences may be sent to the families at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com E1 Mundo Hot Springs Continued from front page a free soak, food and fun. workers, aged 63-92, the A smaller hot pool at "Old Fart Construction 102-104 sits above the Crew;' as he expressed 30x46 foot pool kept his gratitude for the work at 100-102 . Both are they'd done together. handicapped accessible. Yearly memberships or The Nolans and their reasonable day rates are friends dug the holes, set available for pool visits. the forms, poured the After purchasing the concrete and planted the Cambridge hot springs stonework themselves, " heated trailer court starting May 1. John seven years ago, John laughingly called the and Becky set about . Burial Services Pre-planning Options - Cremation Services - Monuments 221 E. Court St Weiser, ID 83672 (208) 414d234 www, LienkaemperoThomasonocom improving the facilities, creating attractive home sites, a visitor's hostel and a friendly family-like environment. In addition to the pools, they have opened a lunch time bistro Wednesday-Sunday, run by Christy Hoyle. Craftspeople themselves, the Nolans have helped organize the Cambridge Farmer's Market and the October Harvest Festival, which will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on October 6. Becky is a native Idahoan, but says she had to go to Colorado to find John. Last week's ribbon cutting was sponsored by the Greater Area Weiser Chamber of Commerce and the Cambridge Commercial Club.