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Page 18 Hells Canyon Journal May 8, 1996 I Garden A godly seed It is said, accord- ing to the Assyrian version of creation, that the gods, exam- ining the task before them, decided that before they got down to creation they needed to sit around in committee, drink some good wine and parcel out the jobs. The wine they drank was made from sesame seeds. Per- haps we need some sesame seed wine around for modern day Sesame Toffee Bars 114 cup sesame seeds, roasted until just lightly brown I cup butter I cup dark brown sugar I egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon Allspice 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 112 cup finely chopped nuts (walnut, almond, or hazelnut) M.12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips ,,, com- three letters. Sesame seeds pan. chamber of the 40 thieves was 'Open Sesame!'. Here's a relatively easy toffee bar with that special differ- ence in aroma and taste given by sesame. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Sift flour with spices. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts. Spread mixture in a 13x15-inch baking Bake at 350 degrees for mittee meetings, It would at are packed with vitamin E 20 minutes. Melt the choco- least contribute to somepleas- and are considered by somelate chips in a dish over hot ant memories afterwards, an aphrodisiac. They are es- water. Spread chocolate over Anyone who is a worker of sential in Chinese cooking - hot cookies. Sprinkle tops crossword puzzles will know to give it that characteristic with sesame seed and cut into that sesame has more names aroma - and must have beensquares in the pan while it is than any plant needs to have, known to the Arabs since the still hot. Refrigerate until the and mostofthem seemto be password to the treasure chocolate is well set and serve. Name: Donna Bates Garden Goals: To add new varieties of flow- ers and shrubs to my garden each year. I also like to add new ibcal points in the garden each year. Last year was raised beds and arbors. This year I'm putting in lots of birds houses. Water Strategies: Water to soak the soil deeply about once every 7 days. This leads to , desirable long roots. Watering should be done between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Weed Attack Plan: The use of bark dust and a little spray if necessary on my flower beds. Putting in raised beds in my garden makes weeding easy. Most can be easily pulled out, or it just takes a short time to hoe a bed. Special Weeds: Dandelions, thistle, morning glory. Garden Favorites: Plants: Lupine, iris, peony, tulips. Herbs 523-6627 3 miles east of/(eating School ~ IIAKERCI'D! s ' A WEEK ...... | lm IlUlr-I~lm -.(r'~UmS~DFKEATINGSCHOOL , , DONNA BATES A Book: Practical Gardening, Peter McHay Of course, you know there's a car of the year and a best picture each year, but did you know the Perennial Plant Association chooses a plant of the year? These are outstand- ing performers to try in a perennial bed when you are looking for something reliable and new. And... the winners are: 1990 - Phlox Stolonifera - Creeping Flox. A mounding, one-foot tall plant that flowers in the spring. It comes in lavender blue, deep lavender, and a white that is extremely fragrant. It's a good plant for a rock garden or in the front of the border. 1991 - Heuchera - Palace Purple - Coral Bells This is primarily a foliage plant which has purplish, maple-shaped leaves. It keeps its color year-round. It has small, white flowers on wiry stems about a foot in height. 1992 - Coreopsis - Moon Beam Pale yellow flowers bloom from the summer into the fall on 14-inch thread-leaved plants. 1993 - Veronica - Sunny Border Blue Spikes of navy blue flowers bloom from July to frost on 2 ft. plants. Heuchera and Coreopsis are recommended for com- panion planting with this Veronica. 1994 - Astillbe - Sprite Pink plumes form on bronze foliage on this 12" plant. They need moist soil and can thrive in sun or shade. 1995 - Perovskia - Russian Sage Silver-blue flowers bloom from summer to fall on silvery foliage. This is a 3-foot plant that needs full sun. 1996 - Penstemon - Husker's Red It has soft pink flowers with very dark stem s on shiny, deep green leaves with maroon undersides. It blooms in the spring, likes the sun, and is 2 feet tall. Elaine Hearne says she has a rhubarb plant that is now 35 years old. Photo by David Baker A Tool: A Bud-Built Hoe by Bud LaRue and a spading fork. Worst Nightmare: The dog and cat digging up my plants after I plant them. Success Tip: Start with a small garden and increase the size each year. Be patient, a garden needs a lot of care, but it gives you back more than you put in it. Really Reliable Plants: Iris, daffodils, tulips, lilies, sedum. A Plant Discovery: Russian Sage is my new favorite. , Advice: "dnstqiving is not nougb Dn e Inq t h ye t shiIm f?eddorh'ati'd;a'l tle fl wer. Hans Christian Andersen. ,,..