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An indoor garden of delights by Patti Babcock One rewarding alternative for plant lovers who cannot tolerate the searing sun, the relentless winds and the temperature extremes of the desert environment is to garden indoors. Ronnie Zidenski, a Pahrumpian for nearly five years, enjoys her indoor garden all year. Imagination, ingenuity and an artisfs eye are traits Zielenski has utilized to create enchanting garden rooms throughout her home. The focal point of the living room is a shapely sculpture ':.'-"enhanced by a backdrop of palms. The vertical line of the figurine, placed on a pedestal in the middle of the living room, draws the eye up to the pot above the clay woman whererailing vines are rooted. The placement of the statue is a delightful surprise. Moving the eye upward also makes the modest room appear larger. The flowering Bougainvillea in the east facing living room window provides color, texture and a feeling of magic. There is a sense of wonder in discovering the delicate Mediterranean plant blooming indoors during the desert winter. The flowering vines also thrive in the light and warmth at the kitchen windows and in a bay window alcove in the living area. Voluptuous vines (Epipremnum aureum orPothos) cascade from planters placed on top of a living room wall. They wind around and between an eclectic collection of art which includes original paintings. Antiques, sculpture, memorabilia, high- backed chairs placed to encourage conversation or a quiet read, a lace covered round table where vanilla flavored coffee is served in aflowered china teapot, blend naturally with plants, flowers and vines to create the spirit ofZielenski' s indoor garden. You can use her ideas as a catalyst to fashion your indoor garden. If you want further inspiration plus some excellent advise about creating the indoor landscape from design ideas to plant selection and care, refer to 'ZAII About Houseplants" an Ortho Book available at the library. Thursday, March 13, 1997 Gal'ln .lgUi 3 Fresh Herbs Make Healthy Diets Delicious In an ideal world, we would all eat foods low in fat, high in fiber and at least five fruits and vegetables a day. Sound impossible? Not only is it possible, it can be both tasty and satisfying with the help of fresh herbs from your local garden center. Follow these creative suggestions from the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN) and you'll be on the path to healthier menus and a healthier life. Fresh herbs can assist you in the fight against fat without sacrificing flavor. Omit oil and use herb-flavored broths to cook vegetables. Pat Reppert of Shale Hill Farm and Herb Gardens in Saugerties, New York, makes water-based pestos with fresh basil and garlic. She mixes the herbs in her blender, then freezes them in ice cube trays for later use. If you think potatoes without butter aren't worth eating, try Mrs. Reppert's herbal recipe. Spritz potatoes with canola oil, garnish with rosemary and bake in a heavy baking dish. When sauteing meat, pour off the fat, deglaze the pan with herbal vinegar for a wonderful sauce with one quarter the calories of flour. Another gravy substitute: roast garlic until you can spread it like paste; whisk paste into chicken broth. This emulsified liquid produces a delicious, slightly thickened sauce. Add most herbs during the last ten minutes of cooking to make flavor come alive and maximize nutrition. Home grown herbs often taste better than their store- bought equivalents. Generally, herbs have a life span of one year. Store in tight containers away from heat. If you still need an excuse to include herbs in your diet, celebrate National Herb Week, May 5 through 1 I, 1997. Your taste buds and waistline will thank you. Ask your nursery professional for the growing requirements of the herbs you like. Sunny kitchen window sills are ideal for many light-loving herbs and keep them near the cooking area. A spring meal for established roses 1 cup - soil sulphur; 1/4 - cup Epsom Salts; 1/2 cup - Super Phosphate; 1/4 cup - Cottonseed Meal. This is a meal for one rose bush. Mix ingredients well and mix into the soil around each bush. This spring treat will "wake-up" the rose bush. The rose will need to be fed again in three to four weeks and and on a regular basis to support new and continued flowers. Statu- Fountains BirdBaths Tables Benches Made from cast stone and finished in color 751-3541 Design and Nursery Xeris cap e .1.1 Visit our ever expanding Desert Bay The Water efficient way to landscape, that adds beauty and value to your home. Hwy 372, across from BofA 72 7-5489 Mon - Sat: 9-5 Sun: 9-4 Dedicated to Quality and Education