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1- 1 August 28, 1997 AA7 tio Pahrump gardener creates edible art by Part/Babcock gazette staff Lush cherry tomatoes form a colorful hedge on the west side of Kim Page's garden, a canvas where she grows an edible painting. Scarlet runner beans climb merrily along the north and south sides of the three foot garden fence. Miniature pumpkins hang from the east fence near the gate and spread across the ground. The kaleidoscope of garden colors and shapes forms new patterns as the sunlight dances through the Mesquite trees. A cantaloupe vine winds around a low growing Mesquite limb and deposits a plump fruit as if placed by the artist's hand. Yellow zucchini squash stands out among the rich greens. Vying for its share of attention, the smooth-skinned green zucchini glistens with light bouncing off the rough textured leaves. Nearby, tomatoes boast fruit in a myriad of sizes and colors as they mature from infant greens to ripe reds. The tiny pear tomatoes add a yellow accent while passion purple eggplant makes a dramatic statement. Huge sunflowers lend texture and form as they bend their heads toward the earth. A cousin of the sunflower, the Jerusalem Artichoke, provides vertical interest. This plant keeps its edible treasure buried to be dug as needed throughout the fall and winter. Celew, sheltered by tree branches, adds shades of green and the appeal of its shapely leaves. Pretty peppers, rounded bell peppers and tear drop hot peppers, fill out a comer of the garden scene. Interplanted with the tomatoes, blue flowered Lemon Basil adds color and fragrance. The Sage secures its place with fuzzy gray foliage and distinctive perfume. Yellow flowers gracing the pansies and marigolds add spots of color while repelling insects. The orange and yellow nasturtium are fat with edible leaves and flowers that form a Ponds by Patti Babcock gazette staff Ponds are popular in the dry desert. The sight and sound of water provide a psychic oasis. The pond can be big enough to raise fish to soothe as Phil Richards, Jerry Bortvit, Frank Snow and many others do. Or, the pond can be a tiny pool in a shell shaped fountain. Ponds are possible even in small spaces. A water filled pot with one lily will provide a IINDOOR gOI POND-Frank Snow shows Penny Sumpter his multi-colol h. Snow and wife Joan built the enclosed pond featuring a three t:red waterfall filtedng system. GARDEN ARTIST- Kim Page sits among her melons and sunflowers in the gadren she has created with an artist's skill. Her painting will feed her family's body and soul. photo by Patti Babcock rambling colorscape under a Mesquite. Page's garden wanders off the fence bordered canvas winding along the sides of the soft grass pathways to the gurgling pond where the large leaved Philodendron live. The plants meander to and around the house. Zinnias, dahlias and myriad brightly hued flowers flank the bench on the edge of the patio near a giant pumpkin nestled cozily in leaves and vines waiting until Halloween to cut the umbilical cord. Early ripening vegetables and two crops of golden corn have already been harvested. Connued on lp A.I the soul quick, inexpensive patio pond. Add a few plants to portable pools and decorative fountains to create an instant oasis. Local garden centers and hardware stores offer a nice selection at affordable prices as well as flexible pool liners for the do-it-yourselfer. Ponds can be any size, shape or style and can be made from anything that will hold water. Check your "stuff," yard sales and junk yards for objects to stir your imagination. Old tubs, wooden half barrels, even a discarded street light cover can become a pond. The sound of water soothes the soul and even the most jangled nerves. To create the comforting rhythm of moving water, a pump is needed. The size will depend on the pond and the desired effect. Spray fountains suit large ponds and also aerate the water. A variety of spray heads are available with a choice of high, lacy columns of water or shorter, wider sprays with a more bubbling sound. Waterfalls are a wonderful way to move and clean water. A simple outlet pipe can send a continual cascade of water to the pond. The spill or water fountain flow provides a gentle movement over walls or through a series of tiered pans or shelves. The pond needs to be located where it will give the most enjoyment and relaxation. C.onlirax on