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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 6, 2012 13B Digging in f oi. th ".' gro wing season ACCIDENTAL GARDENER MONA HILL Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Wow, is my garden grow- ing the nicest, thickest crop of weeds I've seen in awhile. I didn't get sterile fill dirt and with the alpaca pooh applied last fall, the weeds have grown faster than topsy. Worse still they all seem to have sprung up overnight. I missed my Memorial weekend planting target and the weather was only part of the reason. Mostly I missed it because I have problems with stamina and time management. The end of the school year is a very busy time at the paper: prom, concerts, awards, living history and graduations. My cherished midweek day offhas gone up in smoke and evenings find me completely knackered. To compound the problem, my undergardener flew off to Madrid for a heavy metal festival at a crucial time. Steve preferred free tickets to Sonisphere for Memorial weekend to doing the heavy lifting in the garden. I just don't understand: What could be better than a weekend in the garden? No accounting for some people I guess, tops, leave an inch or more Last year's onions are set- on the bulb. tingflower spikes. Of course, Curing is the next step it's hard to see them among the unless you can eat them all weeds. There's really no wrong time to harvest onions, just a matter of when and how you want to eat them. If you want to store onions, watch for the tops to start dying off-- like tulips and daffodils, the tops provide the bulbs with the food. If a few onion tops are lagging behind, bend them over at ground level. Wait about a week before digging up the onions so they reach full maturity. Once dug up, leave them in the hot sun a day or so to dry. The root system will die off and become bristle-y. If you want to cut offthe right away. Spread the bulbs in an airy space out of direct sunlight. If you must, lay out onions along the driveway or sidewalk, but cover with a light cotton sheet to avoid sunburn. Don't use plastic or a heavy covering, which will trap moisture and invite rot. After two or three weeks, your onions should be dry enough to hang in a mesh bag until it's time to put them in the root cellar (or wherever you're storing them for winter). Well-dried onions keep better. Speaking of alpaca pooh, Diane Klein reports she used old pooh in two beds and some of the fresh stuff when she planted her tomatoes out. She also used some in her hanging flower baskets. She asked about more; I told her it was made fresh daily. She promised to let me know. Watch the give-away section of the want ads. Diane came into a lot of tomato seeds, mainly heirloom varieties, in- cluding short-season Russian varieties. Diane planted out 25 of tomato plants and her little greenhouse is chock full of tomato starts. I picked up a Buckbee's -- 50 days, 4-ounce fruit -- and Early Annie, a 60-day variety that sets all at once. Both are heirloom varieties. Diane started the plants in March, placing them on an electric blanket for warmth. She picked up a greenhouse : heater for $5 at a yard sale. i The results are impressive. ; She's giving them away, so: watch the classifieds closely: They'll go fast. With 25 tomato plants in the ground, I wondered aloud what she does with them all. That's a lot of tomatoes to eat. Diane washes the fruit and bags them up, about six per bag, and pops them in the : freezer. When she's ready to use them during the winter, she pulls out what she needs.: The skin slips off easily as the tomato thaws. Beats canning by a long shot. The next few evenings will see me in the garden weed- ing, planting and watering. I can almost rely on the weather now. Almost. Lassen College offers art of engraving €:lass Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Heidi Marsh, renowned for her hard metal engraving and her softer scrimshaw work, will be teaching her craft at Lassen Community College July 16 - 20. Although the class is billed as Advanced Hard Metal En- graving, she welcomes begin- ning students as well, and will include instruction in scrimshaw as time allows. Students will not only learn techniques, they will also explore design, layout and lettering. The Safari Club and others have commissioned Marsh to engrave scenes, scrolls and wildlife images on firearms and other materials. She also creates jewelry with her scrimshaw art, in- cluding p ’ rtrii's, of pets, birds, flowers and other images. Her class is part of the Sum- mer 2012 NRA Gunsmithing program at Lassen College. The 10-day class will have long hours, but Marsh says they pass almost unnotice- ably when one is engrossed in artwork. Those interested in attend- ing her class may call 251- 8800 for more information, or send an email to kfrietas@ lassencollege.edu. POEM OF THE WEEK American Life in Poetry Ted Kooser U.S. Poet Laureate The paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe taught us a lot about bones in the desert, but there's more to learn, and more to think our way into. Here's a fine poem by Jillena Rose, who lives in Michigan. Taos Bones are easier to find than flowers in the desert, so I paint these: Fine white skulls of cows and horses. When I lie flat under the stars in the back of the car, coyotes howling in the scrub pines, easy to feel how those bones are so much like mine: Here is my pelvis, like the pelvis I found today bleached by the sun and the sand. Same hole where the hip Would go, same white curve of bone beneath my flesh same cradle of life, silent and still in me. ---Jillena Rose CIIAMBER OF Poem copyright 2011 by Jillena Rose American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Founda- tion (poetryfoundation.org), publisher of Poetry magazine. Artisan Heidi Marsh works on a commissioned piece, one of several she has done for sportsmen's clubs and other groups and individuals. She will teach her hard metal engraving craft at Lassen College in July. Photo by Alicia Knadler TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents MARVEL'S: THE AVENGERS Fri., June 8 - Tues., June 12 • Sunday Show @ 4pm Rated PG-13 • 142 min. • Action/Adventure Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.LD., an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. DARK SHADOWS Fri., June 15 - Tues., June 19 .Sunday Show at 4pm Rated PG-13 ° 1 hr., 53 min ° Comedy/Sci Fi Starring Johnny Depp In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England, to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet - or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy - until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. IOIDH HALL THEATRE Showtime: 7pm • Sunday Matinee 4pm I Adults .................. rl.O0 Students & Seniors ................. '6.00 Children ................ '5.00 283-1140 • 469 Main St., Quincy, CA I Visit us at www.quincytownhall.com Garden rour blooms The 12th annual Soroptimists International of Quincy garden tour is just around the corner. This year's tour, "Incredible and Edible West Side Gardens," is June 16. Tickets, $10 pre-sale, are, available at La Ls'(la'1ilog Books, Great Northern Hair Co., Gray's Flower Garden, Quincy: Hot Spot, Ranchito Motel or from any Quincy Soroptimist. Tickets are $12 at the garden gate. For more information, call Billie Bequette, 283-0957. File photo A full Festival y, June 17 entire family ...especially Dad! Fly.In Gansner Airport Quincy • Family-style Biscuits with Sausage Gravy, Fruit Juice & Coffee. (Starts at 8 a.m.) • Planes on Display • Vintage Car & Motorcycle Club Displays • DiscOvery Flights • ClIP Helicopter Display • And much more! Pilots: Buy your fuel that day at County's cost! Overnight campsites and tie-downs available Creekside Festival Nextdoor at Gansner Park 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Live Music • Craft booths • Family Games • Food Booths Central Plumas Recreational District Duck Race 1p.m. Proceeds to benefit Pioneer Pool .QUINCY For more information contact Quincy Chamber of Commerce 283-0188 www.quincychamber.com