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Work To Be Done In The Garden Now

EVROSTS have ruined cinerarias in many gardens. If the plants have been cut badly replanting is the only remedy. Complete the pruning and spraying of roses. Collect and burn the prunings, manure and dig over the ground between the bushes. Keep the weeds down among the anemones and ranunculi and stir the soil between the - plants. Gladioli cormes can now be planted in groups or in rows. Do not be in a hurry to plant out tender subjects for there still may be touches of frost which will play havoc with the young plants. The nemesia are fine bedding subjects but they are tender; the end of August or the beginning of September is soon enough to plant. But the more hardy varieties such as pentstemons, stocks, Ten I Week and Beauty, antirrhinums, pansies, lobelias, etc., can be set out.

In the vegetable garden clean up the asparagus bed and apply a dose of sulphate of ammonia. Earth up the early potatoes as they come through. If the tops have been nipped by frost do not disturb them. They will probably send up new shoots from just below the surface. Make sowings of dwarf peas to suit family requirements and draw up the soil to the young plants when they are two or three inches high. The same treatment should be given to cabbage and cauliflower, seedlings of which can be planted. Lift, divide and replant herbs such as thyme, sage, etc.. and make a sowing of parsley. The herb bed should be in a warm, sunny position. Sowings c>f Brussels sprouts, broccoli and parsnip mav be made as well as beetroot and salad crops.

Few flowers are so universally popular as the violet, but seldom does the amateur adopt the best method

of cultivation. TO GROW VIOLETS To secure the finest flowers, annual propagation should be resorted to. No matter how much care is lavished on the plants, when they get old they are more prone to red spider and other diseases than the young plants. Old plants may actually give more blooms but they are smaller in size and the plants are more quickly spent when the weather begins to get warm. Now is a good time to prepare for planting and the essentials are good healthy runners and a well-prepared soil. A deep, medium loam is probably the best soil but with cultivation any soil from almost pure sand to clay will grow violets. The addition of cow or stable manure to the soil is advantageous, but if this is not available leaf mould or garden compost should be added. The violet likes lime and the addition of ground limestone or lime rubble will benefit the plants. The best time for planting is August and September. Allow 15 inches between the rows and about eight inches between the plants. Cultivation throughout the summer is necessarv and should red spider or mildew appear, the first .signs are a yellowing of the foliage. Spraying with lime-sulphur solution 1-125, in early summer will keep the plants clean. *

The different ferns will soon be pushing up new fronds. Where any require potting, this work should be carried out POTTING FERNS now. In some cases it will be advisable to divide the crowns and in doing so. pull rather than cut them apart. Before turning the plants out of their pots give them a good soaking with water; it may even be necessary to stand the pot in a tin of water and let it soak for an hour so as to ensure that the ball is soaked through. In potting take away as much of the old soil as possible without disturbing the plants. Two parts loam to'one of leaf mould with a fair amount of sand to keep the compost porous, will suit most ferns.

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Work To Be Done In The Garden Now, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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Work To Be Done In The Garden Now Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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