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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, January 11, 1979, Image 19

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THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., JANUARY 11, 1979 H—FIVE The Gardening Column Hortiquiz More gardeners are born than made. Often we wonder how we know just when to plant, and how deep. We know because our memories go back as long as man has walked and ploughed the earth, and we call it instinct. Some­ times we call it the green thumb. Without a feeling for growing things the printed information on seed pack-j ets and in books is of little use. A green thumb is a dirty, busy one, and conver­ sation with plants usually goes along with tending them. Yet gardening is a science too; we call it horticulture. The successful gardener sharpens his instinct with facts. The Suffolk County Extension Service requires its Master Gardeners to pass extensive written examinations covering many aspects of home horti­ culture. Questions A few of the questions follow. Each statement is either true or false. The answers appear at the end of the column; ten or more correct is excel­ lent. 1. Tomatoes are, botanically speak­ ing, a fruit. 2. Annuals produce seeds the same year they are planted, then die. 3. Collection of seeds from hybrid plant material will give the homeowner additional hybrid seed for the next season. 4. Dieffenbachia is easily propa­ gated by stem cutting. 5. The larger the tomato plants at transplanting time, the more likely the fruit will be picked earlier and yield will be larger. 6. Black centers in strawberry flow­ ers are a result of frost injury. 7. After picking, strawberry rows should be mowed to about one to two inches above the crown. 8. Grapes should be pruned only in early spring. 9. Strawberry plants do not need to be mulched for winter protection. 10. Most perennials prefer full sun but will tolerate some shade. 11. Shading plants (tomatoes, etc.) may reduce fruit set. VILLAGE OF EAST HAMPTON NEW YORK NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton, New York, did on the 15th day of December, 1978, adopt a resolution described in the following proposition, and that a special election shall be held at the Village Hall, 27 Main Street, in the Village of East Hampton, on the 19th day of January, 1979, between the hours of 12:00 Noon and 9:00 P.M., for the purpose of voting upon the following proposition: “Shall the resolution adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Hampton on the 15th day of December, 1978, which resolution provides that the Village of East Hampton shall issue serial bonds in the principal amount of $1,377,500.00, with a maturity date of twenty (20) years, to finance the purchase of real property consisting of 16 acres, more or less, with improve­ ments thereon, said premises being situate at the Atlantic Ocean on the easterly side of Ocean Avenue, more commonly known as “The Sea Spray\ be approved?” Dated: December 15,1978. By Order of the Board Of Trustees Inc. Village of East Hampton DONALD M. HALSEY Clerk-Treasurer 17-3 c..Wolf 12. Lettuce goes to seed under high temperatures. 13. Heavy vine growth delays the coloring of tomatoes. 14. Always be sure the potting mixture is moistened prior to fertiliz­ ing houseplants. 15. Control is not necessary of powdery mildew on lilacs for the disease will not fatally injure the plants. 16. Taxus (Yew) can grow well in moist to wet soils. Answers And the answers according to the wisdom of the Cooperative Extension Service: 1. True. They used to be called Love Apples. Strictly speaking, any seed producing plant bears “fruits,” so this fruit/vegetable debate is practically meaningless. 2. True. What we think of as cultivated garden annuals are also plants grown outside of their normal climate, for the seeds die here, also. In its native Mexico, the marigold seeds over-winter and germinate each spring. 3. False. Hybrid plants do not pro­ duce reliable seed; they will likely revert to ancestry rather than im­ mediate parentage. Buy the hybrid seeds from the seedsman each season. 4. True. Especially if you air-layer it in March, when it’s leggy from the thin winter sunlight. 5. False, false. Select short squatty transplants. The more their growth occurs out of doors in warm temper­ atures the earlier and larger the fruit yield will be. 6. True. 7. False. 8. True. 9. False. Mulch them with straw or salt hay, for the crowns are very shallow and might be heaved out of the ground by winter freezing/thawing if not held down by the mulch. 10. True. When in doubt, plant a flower in more sun rather than less. If it wilts, you can water it, but without sufficient light, it may not flower at all. 11. True. Surely no one shades their vegetables here in midsummer. This is a temperate, not hot, climate. 12. We all know that, don’t we? 13. Absolutely false. Stripping leaves off tomato plants will not cause tomatoes to ripen more quickly. In hot climates the fruit will sunburn; here, it probably won’t hurt but it won’t help. 14. True. Otherwise the fertilizer might burn the roots. 15. True. Lilacs only get this disease very late in the season as they are about to drop their leaves anyway. 16. False. They like dry, well drain­ ed soils, like we have in East Hampton. PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Board of the Inc. Village of East Hampton will hold its regular meeting at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan­ uary 11th, 1979 at the Village Hall, 27 Main Street, East Hampton, New York. The public is invited to attend. Dated: December 29, 1978. By Order of CLAYTON P. MOREY Chairman Planning Board 18-2 NOTICE NOTICE: is given that the following personal property, a certain 1962 Pacemaker boat, 85 feet length overall, will be sold at public auction on January 12, 1979 at 10 o’clock in the forenoon at the Harbor Marina at 423 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hamp­ ton, New York. The sale of such boat is to satisfy the lien of Seacoast Enter­ prises Associates, Inc., d/b/a Harbor Marina. The boat is held by the Harbor Marina and was stored and repaired by the Harbor Marina for the account of Steven Murphy of 235 East 22nd Street, New York, N.Y. Dated: December 29, 1978. J. STANTON POHL Esq. Jessup Avenue Quogue, N.Y. 11959 Referee 18-2

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