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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 14, 2013 - A5 Think edibles when planning your spring and summer landscape By Trisha Gedon Even though it is still winter in Oklahoma, it is not too early to start planning your spring and summer landscapes. When thinking about landscapes, colorful flowers easily come to mine. Something a gardening enthusiast may want to consider is combining those flowers and shrubs with edible plants. Kim Toscano, Okla- homa State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist and host of the popu- lar television program Oklahoma Gardening, said edibles do not have to be planted in a tradi- tional row garden. "Edible landscaping is the practical integration of food plants within an ornamental or decora- tive setting," Toscano said. "Gardeners use the same design principles as they would with an orna- mental landscape while substituting lettuces, blueberries, herbs, edible flowers, vegetables and fruit and nut trees for what are otherwise known as unproductive plant material." While edible land- scaping is a mixture of beauty and utility, it does not have to be all edible. In fact, filling the yard with nothing but edible plants would likely result in too much food for most families, not to mention all the work it would require. Instead, careful planning and the wise use of fruits, herbs and vegetables results in a yard that is flavorful, practical and visually pleasing. Toscano said there are a number of reasons to include edible plantings in your garden. First, gardeners will be able to enjoy the freshness and flavor of home-grown, fully ripened fruits and vegetables. "Gardeners also are able to control the amount and kind of pesticides and herbicides used on the plants," she said. "Grow- ing some of your own food can help cut down on your grocery bill, as well as increase food security of your house- hold. You also may be able to grow more unusual varieties that may not be available at your local grocery store or market. And besides, being outdoors and interacting with nature is a lot of fun." When selecting the edibles for your garden, make sure your landscape receives the required amount of sunshine and shade for your choices. While many common ornamental plants can survive with minimal care, most edible plants do require a certain amount of attention in order to produce well. This can include a little extra watering, pruning, fertilizing or pest man- agement. "Another great thing about edible landscaping is you don't necessarily have to have a large space for the plants," Toscano said. "A trellis of cherry tomatoes cas- cading over an entryway works in both large and small areas. In addition, pots of flavorful herbs could line the sidewalk. Using just a little bit of imagination can produce a landscape that is visu- ally pleasing and tasty, tOO." This photo was furnished by R. L. and Ynona Bene- dict and published in the Perkins Journal, May 26, 2005, in the hope that it could be identified. R. L. and Ynona knew that it was the Perkins Methodist Church and taken about 1939 to 1941, but they wished to learn the identity of the per- sons. Harriet (Carson)Rober- son of Tulsa has sought to identify the persons in the photo. She knew some of them. She sent what she knew and a copy of the photo to Edna (Westfall) Lee and to me. Harriet, Edna, and I are the same age, and we were all in the Methodist Church at that time. Edna had her grand- mother Zula Hullers cookbook which had a photo similar to the photo in the Perkins Journal of May 26, 2005. Grandma Zula had made a list of those in the photo. I took what Hariet and Edna shared with me and looked up some informa- tion that my pa]rents had. My information :onfirmed what Harriet and Edna had furnished. So now we believe we have both photos identified. George A. Strovase was pastor October 1 941 to December 1943. The Women's Soci- ety of Christian S ervice cookbook was prin ted in 1941. The weather on photo day appears to be mil d, so we would estimate Fall 1941. Another similar ptloto was taken at the same time, and it was prin ted ' on the cookbook. Thanks to Harriet amd Edna for their informati()n in identifying the photo. Front row (I to r): Gay Clark, Bella Peters, Cora Wagner, Emily Hubbard, the child is Edna Westfall. Left side, ground level, flowery dress - Rose Hickman; head only shows - Margaret Martin. Behind Gay Clark is Anne Ricketts (Only the top of Anne's head shows). Second row: Rhoda Hulley (white blouse), Pastor George A. Strouse, Della Strouse, Lydia Williamson, Mary Kinkade (white dress). Back row: Massie Rentfrow (white collar), Leona Baker (striped blouse), Lillian Westfall (head only shows). Moments In tlme On Feb. 21, 1828: the first printing press designed to use the newly invented Cherokee alphabet arrives at New Echota, Ga. A young Cherokee, Sequoyah, had invented the written language, consisting of 86 characters. Within months, the first Indian language newspaper in history was printed. It was called the Cherokee Phoenix. On Feb. 24, 1836, in San Antonio, Texas, Colonel William Travis issues a call for help on behalf of Texan troops defending the Alamo, an old Spanish mission and fortress under attack by the Mexican army. Only 32 men from the nearby town of Gonzales responded to Travis' call for help. On Feb. 23, 1885, a 19- year-old man named John Lee is sent to the gallows in Exeter, England, for the murder of a rich older woman. After the noose was put around his neck the lever malfunctioned three times. The authorities, mystified at the gallows' inexplicable malfunction, decided to ascribe it to an act of God. Lee was sent to prison instead. On Feb. 18, 1930, Pluto is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Adz., by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh. In 2006, however, the International Astronomical Union announced that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet due its relatively small mass, just one-sixth that of Earth's moon. On Feb. 22, 1959, Lee Petty defeats Johnny Beauchamp at the just-opened Daytona International Speedway in Florida to win the first-ever Daytona 500. The race was so close that Beauchamp was initially named the winner. Three days later, with the assistance of news photo- graphs, Petty was officially named the champ. On Feb. 19, 1974, Alex- ander Solzhenitsyn awaits reunion with his family after exile from Russia. Publica- tion of "The Gulag Archi- pelago," a detailed history of the Soviet prison system, prompted Russia to exile the 55-year-old author. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. 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