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Solatium tuberosum and Solarium tomatum, although huth are of ope fam ly m botany, and though their ,nameß sound vary bluiUuc tv tlio em, yah loproßentverV' diverse varieties of tha products of the market garden the firet being the homely but very üßef al and familiar potato, that ruDB the ahamrook very closely aa an emblem of the Green Island ; the other the less generally known, aud perhaps more aristoorato, bat none the less useful and wholesome tomato Both were originally indigenous to the continent of America, and were imported thence to Europe by some cf the early navigators, having Bince spread (principally through the medium of tlia colonising British) into every part of the globe, where ihe tempe'aiure will allow of their growth. Aa regards the potato, perhaps m no c mntry kuowa pan better orops be raised oy a better quality of tuber be produced than m New Zealand, but the palm for tomatoes must remain with the cquntry that gave them to civilisation, an \ only m the United States do they form so large and important an item of cultivation Paying a short visit to Mr A. W. Bandell's gardens on the North-east Belt the other day, we found the " boss " busily engaged lifting some remarkably prolifio and healthy looking potatoes from a small bed that had evidently been well oared for, and no wonder, as he informed üb, that the crop was the result of a planting of '•sets " for the whole of wbloh he had bean offered 2s 6d per pound by a Ohrlatohuroh grower, they having been grown from a previous crop, the seta of whloh were specially Imported from England, and the present crop being the fourth growc In Ashburton, and therefore now properly acclimated. The pttoh was only a small one, about 24 yards long by l| yards broad, but this gave over four cwt of good potatoes, the ground as they were thrown out being nearly covered with themj certainly » remarkable yield considering the very dry season experienced lately. This potato In named " Baauty of Bath," and la described as quite as early as the Amerloan "Early Rose," but a muoh heavier oropper, and of very ■uperior quality, hoth oolor and shape being good, and the tubers cooking dry, floury and white aa soon si dag. Mr R*adell h»s also dug a later sown patoh of the same potato, and when the next season Qomea for planting will be able to supply Heed to the growers m the diatriot, who will then be able to prove the value of thlß naw variety of early potato, Tomatos are grown extensively by Mr Bandell under glaas, and a striking sight is the house just now, the plants being trained on wires from both sides up the glass roof, and the fruit hanging In profusion In various stages of growth from perfectly ripe oldsters to small green ones, and even blossoms on some later plants, Anyone intending to plant fruit trees, especially apples, would do wull to pay Mr Randall's garden a visit now. aa by bo doing they can see for themselves, the varieties of apples most likely to their taste, and at the sime time be able to ateer clear of planting thoßo that are likely to turn out un profitable. A great maqy of the trees are now bearing well, and m some oases oarry a very haavy orop, considering the season for fruit. A number of plum trees of Ooe's late red variety are fairly breaking down with their load, some of the branohea being so. thickly covered with fruit that the batk cannot be seen, and these are the boi! of plums that pay for growing. A.ny one interested In frnlt and other cultivation will find an hour or so, well spent In Mr Randall's ground at the present time.

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A NEW POTATO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889

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A NEW POTATO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2099, 1 April 1889