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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 5, 2010 7B pril looked more like arch; what's ahead New Square Foot Garden- preference, doing best at 59 ing," which he adapted from degrees and 77 degrees (97 a J.F. Harrington Agricultur- percent) and not as well at 68 al Extension leaflet, 1954. degrees (a mere 90 percent). Really, generally speaking, A true accidental gardener it's common sense, the wouldn't care about any of warmer it is, the faster seeds this: She would just plant ACCIDENTAL GAKDENER germinate-- except ff it gets and wait.., and wait.., and MONA HILL too hot, 95 degrees Fahren- wait.., to see if anything heit, for instance, pops up. While I enjoy scrab- Onions, cauliflower, bling in the dirt, I don't like Once again, the accidental spinach, lettuce and moreto dig for no result. nature of gardening (and gar- sprout best between 68 and 86 My greatest failing as a den writing) reared its head degrees; eggplant likes it to gardener is not waiting for in April. be closer to 86 degrees, the right time. I know our Granted, I write these a Muskmelons weren't even season is short and I want to week or 10 days ahead of tested until temperaturesstart in January to have time because of the nature of reached 68 degrees, and they things to plant in April. As the community newspaper germinated in haft the time we can see, April is not all game --- we're always work- at 86 degrees, that reliable. ing a week ahead. But time is only one con-Knowing how warm seeds However, feets of snow insideration. Sure, I can figure like to be before sprouting and April?! Yikes! That put all my out how long it will take to how many are likely to sprout gardening back a bit: as we" germinate at a given temper- at a given temperature allows move into May, my garden is ature, but how many seedsme (and any other accidental just going in. will germinate? gardeners out there) to mini- I tell myself, I waited for As you might imagine, let- mize the accidents. the proper germination tuce likes it cold and 32 - 77 That and remembering to temperatures (like I degrees will result in almost water them. measure the soil -- ha!). Mel 100 percent germination. *** Bartholomew, of square-foot When temps hit the 80s, ger- I was over at my doctor's gardening fame, correlates ruination drops to 12 percent, in Incline Village the other germination times and tem- Beans on the other hand, day. Two men met at the peratures in his book "All have a narrow temperaturedoor of the building and one gins ureau asked the other, "How do you like our summer?" Apparent- ly he was lamenting the April snow. Boy did that mark him as an outlander Or what! Every- one who's been at the lake for a while knows you can't call it summer until after July 4. April is still winter there and here. My daffodils, windflowers, grape hyacinth and snow- drops are pushing bravely forward -- despite my 16- month-old grandson. I don't think he's missed a chance to tromp on every flower in my flowerbed. He's so proud of himself and so darn cute, it's impossible to scold. Another one of those acci- dents I run my garden by -- stuff grows or it doesn't. I just do my best and go buy more plants when it doesn't work out. Soroptimists International of Quincy will sponsor its an- nual garden tour Saturday, June 19. In its 10th year, organizers have decided to visit previ- Census takers will fan out accurate 2010 Census countidentification badge thatThe Census Bureau began into Northern California and determine the allocation contains a Department of monitoring mail response and knock on the doors 'of of federal funds for commu- Commerce watermark, rates March 17, to estimate households that didn't mail nity services," said Seattle The census taker may alsothe local NRFU workload. back their 2010 forms. The Regional Director Ralph Lee. be carrying a bag with a Recruitment and training operation began Saturday, "We ask that you cooper- Census Bureau logo. Census for NRFU operations began May 1. ate with census takers workers willnot ask for citi- in November 2009. An esti- The U.S. Census Bureau should they contact you. It's zenship status, Social Secu- mated 635,000 census takers has launched the non-re- easy, important and safe. In- rity numbers, credit card or will be deployed around the sponse follow-up operations formation collected by cen- banking information, nation for these operations, --census takers will collect sus takers cannot be shared If asked, he or she willpro- with more than 19,000 in information from house- with any other government vide supervisor contact in- Northern California. The holds that did not return agency; they've taken a life- formation or the local cen- Census Bureau's Northern their census forms. Thou- time oath to not reveal any sus office phone number for California region stretches sands of local residents have data." verification, from Santa Cruz County to been hired as census takers In most cases, census If census workers cannot the south, to the Oregon bor- to complete this important workers will make initial reach a household member der in the,north. The NRFU task. visits during afternoons, in person, they will also at- operations are scheduled to "The non-response follow- early evenings and week- tempt contact by phone tobe completed by July 10. For up operation plays a vital ends. Workers will identify conduct the inter.view with a information on NRFU opera- role in helping achieve an themselves with a census household member, tions, visit ous years' gardens a few years on. It's a great opportu- nity to see how gardens evolve and mature. Mary Bird, Donna McElroy and Nancy Gambell are some of the gardeners reappearing on this year's tour. Advance tickets are still only $10; they're available from Epilog Books, Great Northern Hair Company or any Soroptimist. They're $12 at the garden gate. It's a nice way to spend the morning and sure to provide plenty of inspiration. Terri Rust at the Feather River College Community Greenhouse says there is an edible and medicinal plants walk May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meet at the fish hatch- ery. Jeanene Hafen will lead the walk; wear comfortable shoes and bring a lunch. For more information, call Terri at 283-0428. The Dawn Institute will al- so host a native plants walk, this one June 5, 10 a.m. to noon. Also led by Jeanene Hafen, the focus is again on edible and medicinal plants. Meet Jeanene at the top of the Dawn garden in Indian Falls or call her at 284-1652 for more information. Still baffled about compost, head back to the Dawn Insti- tute in Indian Falls June 19, and spend some time with Manuel at the compost work- shop, 10 a.m. - noon; he'll teach how to make and use compost. For more informa- tion, call him at 284-7481. li Representative Tom Mc- Clintock (R - Granite Bay) received the Spirit of En- terprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce April 27. 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