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14, A[3ellDCanyon Journal ,,May 29, 199 Craneberry Of Cabbages and-Kings 1 By Marjorie Baker Q: Are grass clippings a good mulch for the garden? Signed You lhay never have realized that cranber- ries were first called craneberries. The ber- ries are either oval or round and hang from a curved stem much like the graceful arch of a crane's neck. For years, these fruits were considered a specialty of the Christmas sea- son, with strings of them hung on the trees, and the bright fruit served as a sauce to accompany the Christmas turkey. No longer! This delightful, tangy fruit is a perfect taste contrast with many other dishes and can be enjoyed the year around. The following dish is a perfect pot- Cape Cod Chicken 314 cup long gram rice 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon 112 teaspoon each dried sage and marjoram 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion I frying chicken cut into pieces* 1 16-oz.can of whole cranberry sauce 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 cup sliced almonds * Note: do not use skinned or boned chicken parts as they do not provide enough moisture to cook the rice prop- erly. luck or picnic dish, as it can beassembled ahead of time, refrigerated and baked just before needed. Mix the uncooked rice, dry bouillon and seasonings. Sprinkle mixture evenly over bottom of 'a buttered, 13x9-inch baking dish with a lid. Arrange chicken pieces on top of rice, with the larger pieces around the out- side edge. In a sauce- pan, heat cranberry sauce, butter, lemon juice and soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, stir- ring constantly. Pour over chicken. Cover tightly. Bake at 325 de- grees for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Sprinklewith the almonds and bake an- other 10 minutes. Landscape Trees by Rita and Tom Ray Trees have many uses but in this article, trees are being addressed for their landscape value. When choosing a landscape tree, consider location, soil and water requirements, leaf density, mature size and maintenance. Try to view the variety in its mature state. Check( in such as Always the better qualit -- you will be you did and so will the nextgeneration! Landscape trees can be broadly classified as high or low maintenance. General characteristics of high-main- tenance trees are: fast grow- ing, brittle wood, more insect and disease problems, shorter lived, invasive (such as black locust, cottonwoods, willows and elms.) Overall, high maintenance trees require more attention to maintain desirable size and health. With proper training, some do have aesthetic value, such as the weeping willow, un- like the regular willow. Low maintenance trees are generally slower growing, cleaner, healthier, longer lived. They have more aes- thetic value and require less care. Following are varieties of trees which grow well in this area, listed in order of prefer- ence for landscape purposes: Deciduous - Norway maple varieties, green and white ash, European white birch, red oak varieties, horse chest- nut, little-leaf linden, silver maple, honey locust, Euro- pean mountain ash, western catalpa, slippery elm, quak- ing aspen, weeping willow, cottonwood, black locust, wil- low. Conifers- pine, fir, spruce, western larch. VOLUNTEERS PLANT TREES at the Pine Valley Fairgrounds. Photo by Shannon Suzanne "Wanna-be-a-mulcher." A: My resources say dried lawnclippings are a good mulch for the garden. Green clippings use up soil nitrogen as they decompose. Around shrubs, pine needles are a good mulch. They are readily available around here and decompose very slowly. Twice I have brought in compost from other locations in the valley, and both times I've introduced new weeds. So consider carefully before putting new soil supplements into your garden. Mulches can help suppress weeds, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature, which protects plant roots from temperature extremes. Organic mulches include well-rotted manure, old sawdust, shredded bark, compost, pine needles and lawn clippings. Some inorganic mulches include land- scape fabric that allows water to penetrate, different types of gravel, and black plastic. The tulips are fading, and the bulb catalogs are arriving. Two varieties of tulips are especially good for perennials. That means each year they maintain their blgom size and even multiply, if they are not discovered by the voles. They are: 1) Darwin Hybrid T lips, which are about two feet tall and bloom m mid-season. They are not used for indoor forcing. The popular Red Apeldoorn and Golden Apeldoorn are Darwin Hybrid Tulips. 2) Greigii Tulips flower in early spring. They are 8"-10" in height and have mottled leaves. Bulb flowers should be dead-headed when they finish blooming so energy is not used up in seed production. Leaves should be left for 6 weeks or until they yellow. Tying the leaves together tidies the flower bed but does decrease the capacity of the leaves to [) hotosynthes ze'and tore energy ]n the bulb for next spring; therefore, the buiblosessome of its vigor. The blooming season has mostly passed for daffodils and tulips, and we are still waiting for the peonies, poppies, iris and columbine to star in the garden. What is blooming during this lull? I asked Denise Cairnes of Lillies of the Valley to look out her window and tell me what's in bloom. She lists: Pansies, Forget-me-nots, Bleeding Hearts, Sweet Woodruff, Jacob's Ladder, Candytuft, Trollius and Aubrieta. Garden Club and Volunteers Beautify Cemetery, Fairgrounds by Shannon Suzanne of the Hells (~anyon Journal Members of the Pine Val- ley Garden Club and the Cem- etery Board took advantage of a break in the rainy weather to plant trees at Pine Haven Cemetery and the Pine Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday, May 22. They were assisted by representa- tives from the Pine Valley and LDS youth groups and other interested citizens. Rita Ray, coordinator of the Garden Club, and her hus- band, Tom, were instrumen- tal in initiating the project, according to Helen Gover, Pine Haven Cemetery Board member. "Rita and Tom deserve all the credit for this," said Gover. ' l'hey really pushed the Cem- etery Board to get busy. We probably wouldn't have got- ten around to doing it if not for Rita and the Garden Club. They took care of the trees we planted last year, helped se- lect these trees and drove to . Baker City and picked them up for us." The trees were purchased by Pine Haven Cemetery with approximately $250 in dona- tions to a tree fund for area beautification. Altogether, fif- teen trees were planted. Seven assorted maple, pine and weeping birch were planted at Pine Haven, and eight different aspen, birch and maple at the fairgrounds. Lemonade and cookies were provided by Garden Club members as a token of gratitude to the volunteers.