Pests This Summer
By JIM HEFFNER
Because of the mild winter and very wet spring,
home gardeners may find themselves spending more
time than usual fighting pests this summer.
The best way to fight those ornery insects, of
course, is to make sure your garden is healthy. Insects
will attack weak and dying plants first. Healthy plants
are better able to withstand infestations. A fundamen-
tal way to ensure healthy plants is to make sure they
get enough nutrients. Plants need nitrogen. The best
way to make sure they get just the right amount of ni-
trogen is by feeding the soil with organic material. In
other words, if you aren't already doing it, bury your
grass clippings, table scraps, and anything else organic
in your garden. The decomposition of these materials
seems to produce just the right amount of nitrogen.
Too much nitrogen too fast may actually induce more
insects, according to "The Encyclopedia of Organic
Another way to fight pests is natural control.
Lacewings, ladybugs and any number of ground bee-
tles feed on those leaf-eating insects that hand around
your garden. They're out there, so be careful where
you spray insecticides.
There are some things you can plant in and around
your garden that may help. Mint, garlic and chives re-
pel certain insects, especially aphids. And they can be
planted around the edges or mixed in with the rest of
the garden as they take up very little space. Bean bee-
tles don't like marigolds and petunias. Herbs, especial-
ly rosemary and sage, repel moths and slugs.
The pests you are likely to see in abundance this
summer are aphids, Mexican bean beetles, Japanese
beetles, borers and leafhoppers. There will be others,
and plenty of them, but those mentioned are the pre-
dominate ones for backyard gardens around here.
Most of these pests can be controlled through the use
of commercial chemicals, generally, something like
malathion. For those of you who won't use chemical
preparations, you might check your seed suppliers for
As far as borers are concerned, the best way to con-
trol them is prevention. A mixture of flour and water
poured directly onto the stems of squash plants is ef-
fective. The mixture hardens and forms a protective
shield. Try it, it works.
Here's a home-made insecticide that works on sever-
al pests and especially whiteflies. Using a gallon jug,
put in two cups of vinegar, 3 or 4 cloves of crushed
garlic and a couple of crushed marigold stems. Fill jug
with water. Put it out in the sun for about a month.
Make sure the jug is capped. After it has "cooked,"
strain the liquid through cheesecloth or a similar mate-
rial. Fill your hose-end sprayer and add one spoon
of a mild dish detergent. Caution; do not substitute
garlic powder, use fresh garlic. The powder is too
highly concentrated and will burn your plants severely.
Those incessant spring rains should make this an ex-
cellent year for gardens, so get ready to enjoy those
fresh fruits and vegetables, even if you do have to
share a little with those microscopic visitors.
Bridge Work Planned
Part of the highway construction currently under-
way on I-85 South near Grover involves rehabilitating
the bridges over N. C. 216.
W .H. Manley Jr., Resident Engineer of the Division
of Highways, Department of Transportation, said lane
closures are necessary through the work area.
Manley said that work began on the bridge in the
Southbound lane of I-85 on Friday.
The roadway was closed down to one lane over this
bridge, beginning Friday, and the closure will be re-
moved by July 4, he said.
The project runs from I-85 from South Carolina to
West of N. C. 161 at Kings Mountain.
Baptist Convention On TV
While local ministers are attending the Southern
Baptist Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada next week
their congregations can view the proceedings at home
-via Baptist Television Network.
Rev. Gene Land, pastor of Second Baptist Church,
will be departing Friday to participate in advance plan-
ning and a door-to-door witnessing campaign before
opening of the convention on Tuesday. Second Baptist
Fellowship Hall at the same time will be the site for
viewing of the convention on Tuesday from 11:15 a.m.
until 3:15 pm. and 4:30 to 10 p.m., on Wednesday,
. June 14, from 11:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and from 9:15
- p.m. until 10:15 pm. and on Thursday, June 15, from
11:15 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. and from 4:45 p.m. until
In Shelby satellite television coverage will be avail-
able at Poplar Springs Baptist Church on the same
The local churches will serve refreshments during
Also attending the convention form this area will be
Rev. and Mrs. Bob Collins of Kings Mountain Baptist
Church, Dr. and Mrs. Chip Sloan of First Baptist
Church, Director of Missions Cline Borders, Rev.
Royce Ballew, pastor of Wace Baptist Church, Rev.
Gene Watterson, pastor of Shelby First Baptist
Church, and Rev. Brian Taule, former pastor of David
Baptist Church who recently accepted the call to
Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Rev. Borders praised the local churches for their
part in bringing the convention to church members via
satellite television and said this method of communica-
tion is catching on with convention-goers who want to’
participate in the proceedings while relaxing in their
own living rooms.
June Is Dairy Month
June 1989 marks the 53rd celebration of June Dairy
Month — a time when we express our appreciation for
the hard work and dedication of our nation's dairy farm
Milk and milk products have played an important
and vital role in America’s history since 1611 when the
first cows were brought to Jamestown, Va. From those
early days has grown an industry that has successfully
continued to serve the nutritional needs of a growing
nation with a wide variety of products.
Since the creation of June Dairy Month in 1936,
there have been many changes in the dairy industry.
Some 30 years ago, there were almost 2 million
dairy farms in the United States. Today, less than
200,000 dairy farms supply milk and milk products to
meet the needs of an increasing U.S. population.
To meet this challenge, dairy farmers have made
more effective use of breeding and feeding techniques,
adapted computer technology, and made shifts in pro-
duction to meet the changes in consumer demand.
The dairy fariner's financial commitment has grown
through the years, too. Today, the dairy farmer has an
average investment of more then $500,000 in his land,
equipment, buildings and animals. That would qualify
him as a sizeable investor in our nation's food produc-
Despite the many changes in the dairy industry,
there are several areas that have remained the same.
There is still the commitment to a high quality prod-
uct, with consistent flavor and value, no matter where
it is purchased. There is the dedication to safe milk and
milk products, inspected perhaps more than any other
food by local, state and national agencies. Finally,
there is the continued commitment to the dairy farm
family way of life, where the goals and aspiration of
our nation are still observed. :
During this special observance, all consumers
should salute American's dairy farmers and their fami-
lies for their hard work and dedication to providing us
with nutritious and delicious milk and milk products.
Operation Cool Off Slated
Whew! Can we weather this sizzling weather?
Kings Mountain Aging Director Monty Thornburg
said Operation Cool Off is the senior citizen answer to
the weather in a free program that offers help to those
suffering from the heat. Kings Mountain temperatures
have been 10-12 degrees above normal for the past
Older adults in the Kings Mountain area can borrcw
fans from the Senior Center at the Depot to use during
the summer months when they need extra
cooling. Thomburg only asks that the fans be returned
Dr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Goter
and daughter, Allison have re-
turned from Malaysia where Dr.
Goter has been employed as geol-
ogist for 2 1/2 years.
A family reunion was held re-
cently at the home of Mrs. Ed
Goter in Kings Mountain with the
Goters and Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Robinson and their son, Brian of
Tahoma Park, Md. Mrs. Robinson
is the former Carol Jean Goter.
The Goters have moved back to
Houston, Texas, where Dr. Goter
has been promoted as Manager of
Geology for the Mid-Continent
Now In Stock!
Davis Auto Parts
Air Conditioning Hose
Made and Repaired
Monday - Saturday 8:00-6:00 ;
for storage after the end of the heat wave.
Any senior citizen who needs to borrow a fan to use
this summer should call 734-0447. Fans will be issued
on a first come, first served basis as long as the supply
lasts. Fans must be returned to the Center by Sept. 30.
Since June marks the beginning of summertime
weather, Thornburg said the fans have been available
since June 1.
"Operation Cool Off has been a source of great
comfort to senior citizens in the past few years," said
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