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Page A24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday July 31 2014 MASTER GARDENER PAIN MANAGEMENT, WEIGHT LOSS, MASSAGE THERAPY newmanfamilychiro.com (360) 426-3886 Paid for by Committee to Elect Kathy Haigh,(D) 81 SE Walker Park Rd., Shelton, WA 98584 PO Box 865, Allyn, WA 98524 Mason County Commissioner Dist. 3 Independent for Mason County Commissioner, PO Box 382, Shelton, WA 98584 RO. Box 3192, Belfair WA 98528 253-358-6841 we are at the end of July and .although we had a bit of rain last week, your garden is dry. I re- ceived a call from a Master Gar- dener last week with a suggestion for this week's column. She had purchased an inexpensive mois- ture meter probe for her garden and container plants and was surprised by how dry the soil was. As an inexperienced gardener, she thought she had a handle on how much wa- ter she was providing to her plants. By using the moisture meter, she dis- covered that many of her plants were thirsty. I went online to find out where to purchase moisture meters at a reasonable price. I dis- covered that Ace Hard- ware carries them, but it said to contact your local store to be sure they are in stock. Since I'm writing this column after Tozier Bros. ACE Hardware closed for the day, I'm afraid I can't tell you if they carry them, but I would suspect that they do. The models I saw online were under $20. A smart investment for a gardener who wants to get the most out of By REHWALDT the garden they have planted. You can even use the meter to check when your houseplants need a drink. In Western Washington, the most com- mon problem is under-water- ing. Here are some watering tips that should help ensure your plants don't perish from lack of wa- ter. Don't wait for a plant to wilt before watering it. Use a set sprinkler, not a hand-held spray. Deep watering of even a small garden takes far too long to do properly with a hand-held spray. To save water from evaporating, water dur- ing the cool parts of the day. Try not to water during windy times. To help prevent disease, water in the morning or early enough in the evening so that the foliage can dry before nightfall. Always water tomatoes, peppers, and squash at the base, not with overhead sprinklers. Avoid over watering, which may leach nutri- ents from the root zone. Remove weeds that take needed water from your vegetables and or- namentals. www.perlotorthodontics.com Two Locations to Serve You! 1415 Harrison Ave 120 East 'T' St. Suite 202. Olympia, WA Shelton, WA Call for your FREE examination today/ (360) 786-1600 ' Newman Family lJFChiropractic Accepting Medicare Sarah Newman, DC and most Insurances Work Injuries Car Accidents Wellness Care OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK 2211 Jefferson Street, Shelton WA 98584_ STEEL BUILDINGS INC. l RV Storage with ..... 2!!iI Double Car Garage 1724 Cole Street Sea~le / Enumclaw 360-825-7768 $ 95 36x36x1 1-800-854-4410 CONTR.UC. #ALPHASIBl_92.R.A ,j Weed control and watering are two of the biggest jobs once your garden is planted. Both of these jobs can be easier if you use mulch. The two most common kinds of mulch are plastics and organic material such as straw, leaves, wood chips, clippings or compost. Four Cautions Don't use grass clippings from lawns that have been recently treated with an herbicide such as Weed and Feed. Mixing in large amounts of sawdust or straw may tie up the ni- trogen in your soil, caus- ing your vegetables to become yellow or stunted. Adding nitrogen fertil- izer when you dig in the mulch or plant the next crop will prevent this. Loose organic mulch may provide a nice, moist hiding place for slugs, so be prepared to bait for them. Some kinds of or- ganic mulches, especially hay, may contain lots of weed seeds and make more work than they save. Check hay or straw for seed heads before us- ing them as mulch. Please contact a Mas- ter Gardener on Mondays between noon and 3 p.m. if you have any gardening questions or give them a call at 427-9670, ext. 687. Sale a big fimdraiser continued from page A 19 The Harstine Island Community Club will provide the beer to get you in the mood for the hoedown, hootenanny and jam session by local live musicians. Whether you join in by dancing or tapping your foot, come and share the fun. This is the last re- minder about the annual Harstine Island Rum- mage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 2. As always, you are need- ed. The rummage sale is a big fundraiser for the community club. To make it a success, they need'you to donate won- derful items. So, right now, go through your storage area, your ga- rage, your attic, your closet and weed out the stuff you have not used in the past couple of years. Usually, on the Wednesday before, you can begin hauling that great and wonderful stuff over to the hall, where volunteers will sort it, price it and put it on display. iii] il iill !1 I ql Ili ~1 T i [lli if! ........ i~ i!li~i