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e Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, February 20, 1997 15 Tomato Gro00 ring Made Easy It's easier than ever to reap a harvest of ripe. juicy toma- toes. In tact. the only hassle a gardener should experience when it comes to tomatoes is which kind to grow. Tomatoes come in assorted xarieties and a rainbow of colors. Sure, there are red tomatoes, but there are also yellow, orange and green tomatoes, all of which are equally succulent. According to the professionals at Greenview(, manufacturers of the popu- lar weed preventers Preen( and Preen'n Green(, the secret to growing tasty, full-bodied tomatoes is simple: rich, moist soil, lots of sunshine, proper staking and the right weed preventer/fertilizer. Getting Started Tomato plants do best when placed in the garden bed after night-time temperatures have climbed to about 55 degrees. Nurseries and garden centers usually stock the most popu- lar tomato varieties in plenty of time for them to be planted. While many gardeners enjoy starting from seed, it's sim- pler and less time-consuming to start the process with trans- plants. Transplants in hand, it's time to prepare the bed. Select an area of the garden with maximum exposure to the sun. Add some compost and peat moss to the soil. This com- bination will introduce organic matter to sandy soils and lighten heavier clay soils. Keeping Weeds at Bay If there are stray weeds in the bed, pull them out now. Weeds are a formidable enemy of tomato plants if not dealt with promptly, as they vie with plants' roots for space, moisture, nutrients and sunlight. A product such as Preen 'n Green from Greenview will fertilize the tomato plant, providing it with vital nutrients, while preventing further weed growth. Preen 'n Green comes in an easy-to-use, refillable canister that allows its granules to be poured out like salt from a shaker. Just sprinkle Preen 'n Green evenly around the gar- den bed. Then, rake the granules into the top one to three inches of soil within 24 hours of application. For maxi- mum effectiveness, follow the package instructions care- fully. One application takes only minutes to apply and will save countless hours spent weeding. Even better, Preen 'n Green wilt last for three months, at which point the product should be applied again. If a fertilizer has alreadybeen applied to the area, use the week preventer Preen to stop weed growth. Now set transplants into the ground. Do so cau- tiously, so as not to snap them. Transplants gener- ally come with a tail of scraggly roots. Further root growth can be encouraged by cutting off the plant's lowest branches and plac- ing the transplants a bit deeper into the soil. Allow about two feet between plants and stake them care- fully, using plastic or wire ties to secure plants to sturdy metal, wood, or string stakes: Insects can be deterred by "collaring" the plant's base. A styrofoam cup with its bottom pushed out will work well. Place it over the plant and stake and push it in an inch deep into the soil. At this point, the gardener GROWING GREAT-TASTING TOMATOES -- There's no better way to enhance the taste of a salad than adding delicious, tu)me-grown tomatoes. Gardeners can reap a harvest of ripe, juicy tomatoes by applying an effective weed preventer/fertilizer such as Preen ' n Green from Greenview when planting tomato transplants. should be well on his or her way to growing a bushel of tomatoes. Water plants regularly, bearing in mind that one thorough watering will do a better job of it than several short waterings scattered throughout the day. Keep an eye on tomato plants as they grow. It will be necessary to lead vines up their stakes by, every few inches, using ties or string to secure them in place. Also, mark on the calendar when Preen 'n Green was first applied, so it can be applied again in a timely fashion. Truth be told, growing tomatoes should be as easy a task as eating them. And the hours that used to be spent toiling over the vegetable garden, particularly the time expended yanking weeds from the ground, can better be used for bar- becuing, heading to the beach or planning the great Ameri- can picnic that includes sandwiches, chips and pretzels and, of course, a delicious salad enhanced by the flavor of home- grown tomatoes. Promotional material supplied by manufacturer. KHWK Radio From Pahrump to Bishop has you covered! For the latest news, information and the finest music programming be sure to tune to KHWK, broadcasting from Tonopah. If you're traveling the vast distances of Central Nevada's desert terrain you still can't miss us! Member. Associated Press Great Basin Radio Network 92.7 - Tonopah 93.5 - Beatty 94.3 - Lida and Scotty's Junction 94.3 - Gold Point 95.9 - Pahrump 103.9 - Bishop, Mammoth and Big Pine 104.9 - Round Mountain 105.5 - Hawthorne VACCINE CLINIC offered by Nye County Veterinary Hospital and Pahrump Valley Animal Hosital Date: Saturday, March I, 1997 Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Location: Nye County Veterinary Hospital - Frontage Rd Next to McDonald's CANINE VACCINES: [Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Lepto, Corona] $ 6.00 Parvo Virus $ 5.00 Bordatella (Kennel Cough) $ 6.00 Lyme Disease $15.00 Rabies $10.00 FELINE VACCINES: [Panleukopenia, Rhinotraheitis, Calicivirus, Chlamydia] Lukemia I Year Rabies $ 4.00 $10.00 $ lO.OO Nye County Licenses: Altered $ 5.00 Unaltered $10.00 ( Will only Be used to Pets Receiving Rabies Vaccine at Clinic ) Physical Exams and Consultations will NOTbe offered during clinic. Vaccine clinics will be restricted for dogs and cats only. Pets must be restrained (w/carrier or leash) Leashes and Carriers will be available for purchase. Veterinary Hospital will not be open for any purpose clinic CASH ONLY- NO EXCEPTIONS Ill l