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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 9B Hoops and row covers, as well as a greenhouse, can extend the short local growing season by one to two months. Photo submitted Winter crops. Local gardening doesn't have to end in the fall Alan Morrison Master Garc[ener Special to Feather Publishing ! i At this time of year, many ~ ~ ~~ Plumas County gardeners start thinking about putting their gardens to bed for the wintei. However, fall-planted greens and root crops are possible in American and Indian valleys. Many gardeners know bulbs, perennial shrubs and dormant fruit trees do well when planted in the fall but do not realize a large variety of salad greens can thrive into December with a little protection from frost and early snow. In addition, fall is an excellent time to plant garlic, onion sets and potatoes for an early start in the spring. As with much of gardening, timing is critical. The timing for root crops and edible greens is different. You can plant salad greens, normally a spring crop, now for harvest from mid-October through mid-December. The soil is warm enough for good seed germination, but lower daytime temperatures prevent bolting GARDENING WITH ALTITUDE spinach, cilantro, beets (especially those grown for greens), green onions and all of the Asian radish family, such as bok choi, mizuna, mustard greens, etc. If the weather cooperates, you will be thinning greens by early October. As the nights cool, and the days shorten, you will want to cover your greens with some kind of a frost protection blanket. Many different kinds are now available through gardening catalogs and grower suppliers. Most garden suppliers have an extensive selection in various types, sizes and thicknesses, as well as a large selection of supports to create low hoop houses and after germination, raise your covers above the Prepare the soil as you would plants. A small selection of these for spring planting, sow ithe options will be on display seeds and cover them to protect them from drying out during the warm days. Covering newly sown crops prevents the many insects that thrive this time of year them from munching away on your fail lettuces. Good covers are burlap or floating row covers, as water will go through them to keep the seeds moist without having to remove the covers. Keep seeds covered until they germinate or even until the first true leaves appear. Greens I have grown this way include all the lettuces, during the Master Gardeners garden tour Saturday, Sept. 27. I have been able to harvest salad greens, without needing a greenhouse, well into December by using row covers. When planting fall bulbs and tubers -- garlic, onions and potatoes -- it is better to wait until late September through to mid-October to avoid top growth before the soil cools. Planting in the fall helps these crops get an early start in the spring, often long before the soil is ready to work. Though I regularly plant garlic in the fall, I have not planted potatoes or onions; they seem to grow just fine when planted in the spring. Other options for fall planting are cover crops. Cover crops, as the term implies, keep the soil covered during the winter, protecting it from the regular freeze/thaw cycle that occurs during the frigid winter months and helps provide a favorable habitat for the myriad of soil microflora and fauna. When tilled under in the spring, they add lots of organic matter and nutrients to the soft. Red clover is an excellent crop for this. It's locally available; just ask your nurserywoman. Many companies also offer a selection of wildflower seeds, often blended for fall planting. Designed to overwinter, these. seeds sprout in the spring, providing plenty of color and habitat. Check nurseries and seed suppliers for appropriate regional selections. For gardeners, like me, who love to see seeds sprouting in the garden, late summer and early autumn are a great time for planting many kinds of seeds. The University of California Master Gardener Program provides the public with UC research-based information about home horticul tura sustainable landscape and pest management practices. Administered by local Universi~ of California Cooperative Extension county olV1ces, the Master Gardener Program is the principal outreach and public service arm of the university's division of agriculture and na rural resources. For advioe on plant problems, call the UCCE Plumas.$ierra Master Gardeners at 283-6572. LETTERS, from page 7B scholar take an oath to uphold the Constitution and then break the law by unilaterally declaring himself king and doing as he pleases? Why free terrorists, but ignore the pleas of our military and ambassador who screamed for help in Benghazi. Despite this and more, I am glad Obama is our president -- his words and actions prove that dishonesty, lack of integrity, incompetence, narcissism, indecisiveness, etc., are not bound by color. President Obama is bi-racial so whatever color he claims is irrelevant. It's the content of his' character that's in question. And that is reflecting poorly on all of us. Lynn Desjardin Portola A question of ethics Should an elected government official on any one of the 58 Plumas County community services districts (CSD) use their position and title to influence the election of District 5 Supervisor? That is what elected official Larry Walker did when he showed favoritism by endorsing supervisorial candidate Jim Judd in the recent Judd campaign ad showcased in the newspaper. Larry Walker is president of both the Plumas Eureka Community Services District (PECSD) and Plumas County Special District Association (PCSDA) which oversees and assists the 58 Plumas CSDs. Has Walker overstepped his authority to allow Judd to print his endorsement using the district's name when neither the PECSD or PCSDA has voted on the use of their district's names in the political ad? As a registered voter and member of both the PECSD and PCSDA, endorsement of a District 5 supervisor by district board members is unethical. In my opinion, Mr. Walker should have signed his endorsement without the official titles but even then, isn't he still influencing the election? If Judd is running on "Integrity and Accountability" and "Fresh Effective Leadership" as his political ad touts, this political move in my opinion borders on cronyism and poor leadership. Let the voters decide who to vote for, not the politicians. Mimi Garner Graeagle Research the 9/11 tragedy Today is the 13th anniversary of 9/11. I tried showing people the short "Pull It" YouTube video of WTC complex owner Larry Silverstein, admitting to PBS that he and the NYFD decided on that fateful day to "pull" WTC 7. I then showed the video of that tower falling perfectly to the ground. I added that the "official" 911 report claims that WTC 7 fell from fire-weakened steel. Some vaguely got the point. Some told me to go back to mom's basement. Overall, nobody really cared. "Move on" was the vibe I got. What is wrong with people? Thousands of our brothers and sisters were murdered. Will it be the last time? The same colonialists that needed to have a "New Pearl Harbor," as they indicated in their Project For a New American Century proposal, are using ISIS as the new floating boogey man. Please Google PNAC (Pearl Harbor). Please watch some 9/11 vids of first responders who heard multiple explosions in the basement areas before the buildings fell. Most important- "Never Forget....And Never Forgive". In any simple crime investigation, if one story does not match another, everyone involved is suspect. If Mr. Silverstein's story contradicts the "official" investigation, what more do you need to at least say, "Hmmmmm... something smells fishy?" That is all I ask. That is step one. Step two is to type all these things I claim into a search engine and show some support to the families of those lost in 9/11. They will spend $100k to hopefully get the truth on a boy's fate many years ago in Plumas. You can bust the 9/11 culprits for free. Please help truth prevail. Research this tragedy. Robert Milne, Clio Health care issue Your article regarding Cindy Crim, the PDH nurse who was seriously injured in a car crash in July, was interesting for what it revealed, and frustrating for what it did not. The main lesson of this situation is the sorry state of health care financing and administration in this country. In any other developed country, a person in such a situation would have had health insurance automatically. Her health problems would still be there, but she would not have to worry about how to pay for the care. Setting up charitable accounts for donations to Victims of health problems' is admirable and generous, but we all know that such accounts are at most a drop in the bucket by comparison to major medical expenses. As to what was left unexplained, how does an employee of the hospital have her health insurance cancelled? This statement really needed explanation. Also unsatisfactory was the information regarding automobile insurance. What is the minimum required liability in California? Has Cindy Crim been able to collect from the other driver's insurance? If not, has her insurance company pursued action against the other company? None of this is should diminish recognition of her problems, which are clearly very real and very severe. But the reader is left with multiple nagging questions about the details of the situation. Boyd Earl Quincy l