GARDENING FOR THE WEEK
Our routnhulor, a irr!'-/:n'>wn r/firdrnrr, will hn i/lad la ttlliirrr t/urtthi.*, irhirh i -u.it hr. ren iera not Inter than VmS'ta’j t J i uc/i vjevh. I Is-' Urg'd? Me (- >:<!'.an'cgc m c, c;y line day to get tllO 1 !>...« ;il V. ..lk to L- v |.f d.v.li’ ViCcd>. M ceding ;i |„( attending ci i,j;,a will be the principal umk dining tin., month. A "'eck or two <-,f (],!•,> went Inn, an<! the s-aiuc. time ut of tin;-- work w:ii have to In' l aid /.later on in w> .! , T-. The otd saying “A stitch in Inne Mice, nine” applies particularly to this work (lurin'; tlu> greater part of the samta-r. it is '.veiaitjiul hue.- rapidly weed., glow- and reed at this time of the year. Aapaiaglls i-!i..':1.! hr. 11l full Hipplv. Gui all heads as they become tit. Jv.p the beds clean. If a good wale ring with liquid manure bo ghen, it will givat.lv be.'ietit by it, ami especially after cutting icascs, which ehoitld be about the end of tin; month Sow kidney beans for succession, also peas. Sow turnips. To have a continuous iapply of tender turnips, 1 resit sowings should he made about the tune of thinning the previous crop. Thin carrots, parsnips, Ivet, and all t.uch crop,-. Tino' -ii; in ; n:! a-.d show- i v weather, a.- advs.d in [iMi’.ia u.C-s. Sow or I plant 1 i!li..e, a;.d ui.dw fresh and ,-i i:;!l rowings of radishes. according to the demand. —The. Flower Garden.— Plant out annuals and ether hardy Towers. if this has not already been don-. . Dahlias will impure careful attention in tying and staking. After (hoy have got well into giowth insist them with a. lit tics liquid manure occasionally. This plant is a hungry feeder, and to get the best results it is < s*»i Iliad that feeding bo given them mere especially at the time of hrd mi mat ;:ui. Voting plants may still bo plan led. The ground should he made thoroughly licli. The dahlia is a. rapid grower, and cannot attain to fine proportions’ on a poor soil. in some seasons sings arc a source of annoyance to young dahlias’. do prevent their attacks, dust around each plant with soot. Gladiolus will ronuiie lying and staking to guard against hirakago.s by wind. The winds experienced of late would play terrible havoc with these, when they are forming their flower spikes, if they were not made secure. Hoc and rake the beds to give them a dean and neat appearance. —Lawns. — This work is mostly of a routine, chararfer, consisting of rolling, mowing, and sweeping. In mowing lawns a very common mietak 1 ns to set the- cutting hi.ides too low. Thus means the glass is often cut almost into the roots, and in parching weather i.e.x. cpt in plates more than ordinarily favorable for its growth) it is sure to hum and have a most unsightly appearance. Another objection to close cutting is that it kills some of the more tender grasses. Tills cm easily lie avoided by setting the knives higher. Then you have lhe double advantage of Us being better for the h-alth. of the grass and giving a. much better ami more furnished appearance. Unless the g; a-s is kept healthy and in vigor daisies will cron make (heir appearance. When t ucee ate first seen remove them with a small daisy fork before (hev become ton numerous to tie treated in this way. Where daisies exist in q unlit it lev sec that the mow mg machine has a large glass box, to prevent the daisies being thrown nj on the lawn. Although they may be quite fresh and green, they v.iil soon ripen and cast their seeds, and increase at a great rate. Dandelions and plantains must he kept ■under. A pond thing to use for these is a weedkiller charged with a poison. It resembles a 'syringe with a sharp point. Tile wood is stubbed with (he point of (ho instrument, and at each stab it deposits some of the liquid into tho loots, and they quickly die. This saves tho labor in 'digging them out, and saves upsetting tliii lawn. These weed-kihers may he obtained of tho leading seedsmen. A dusting over with soot and then a good soaking of water will also prove heaolicial to tho grass. Lolling is host done when tho grass is dry, shortly after _ a good rain, whilst the surface is lairly .soft, hut not wet, neither when tho ground is hard and dry. Kxccssive moisture cause* tho surface to become oaky or pasty if tho soil is at all of a retentive nature, and when the surface is hard and dry the roller has little or no impression upon it. Besides, it bruises tHo grass. —Answers. — “Ignoramus” writes: I have a rhubarb bed which I made in winter (I presume you planted it in winter, about September). Tho shoots began to corns through the ground, and it has come on well ever since. It is a largo variety, with short, thick stems and largo leaf. I would like to pull some, hut am told that to do so would bo to destroy it. It seems to mo that as some, of these stalks have been up for a long lime, and are of considerable si/.0, it must take a lot of nourishment to feed them, which, if cut, would go to strengthen the young ones coming on. Tho variety 1 have is Slot’s Monarch, a very largo grower and green in appearance.”—Y'on have been informed quite rightly. Ticking would not destroy it, but it is decidedly harmful or injurious to the plant. On no consideration should rhubarb be cut or pulled tho first season. You look ut tho subject in the wrong light by thinking that to pull these big leaves would strengthen tho others corning on. The contrary happens. Tho more top that is mado the greater tho amount of roots, and to check root action by the removal of flic leaves tho first season would bo to spoil your future crop. Leave the leaves on to ripen or die off; then the roots will be well established and crowns developed for the production of future crops.
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GARDENING FOR THE WEEK, Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914