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The Garden.

(By “Murihiku.”) NOTES FOR JANUARY


Now that the hustle and worry of the holiday season is over, the routine of work can again be taken up. In the first place it will be necessary to see that the vegetable garden is Bvell stocked with the varieties of cabbage suitable for autumn and winter use. The ground formerly occupied by early potatoes should be filled up with these as it becomes vacant ; for savoys, kale, and early cabbagfe, about 21 inches apart will be enough, while cauliflower will require two feet. The main crop of celery should be put out this month. The trench for these should be about 18 inches deep and filled in with six inches of well-rotted manure, covered with other six inches of good soil, and the plants planted on this and earthed up as the growth proceeds. The latter operation should be done when the ground is in a dry state, and the heart of the plant secured in such a way as to prevent the soil getting iiito and rotting the plant. A collar of brown paper 24 inches by six inches twisted round the stem after the plant is established, and before earthing up, will help greatly in blanching and preserving. Turnips and prickly spinach for winter use may be sown now, and successional sowings of radish, lettuce, and cress. Late sown onions and other root crops not thinned last month should be attended to at once. During dry weather the hoe should be kept constantly going to loosen the soil, and to destroy weeds ; as the latter are almost seeding, extra attention should be given them. FLOWER GARDEN. In the flower garden little requires to be done beyond keeping the borders in a general state of tidiness, and as frequent spells of dry weatAer may be expected during the next month or two, a considerable amount of watering will be required to promote growth. ' Dahlias, hollyhocks, verbenas, and other plants required for show purposes, will be greatly benefited by frequent mulching with liquid manure ; attention should also be given to see that they are secured from injury by wind. Mignonette, godetia, and other annuals should be thinned at once, and any blanks in the border filled up with surplus plants. This is a good time to provide a supply of spring flowering plants by sowing either under the protection of a frame or on a sheltered border, a selection from the following list, all of which are suitable and hardy enough for the purpose : —Brompton Stock, Antirrhinium, Sweet William, Canterbury Bells, Campanulas of sorts, Dianthus, Carnations, Gailliardias,. Pansies, Picotees, Polyanthus, Primrose, Wall Flower, etc. It is during the winter and spring months that flowers are hardest to obtain, and therefore more appreciated, so that a few of the above sorts should find a place in every garden.

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The Garden., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907

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The Garden. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 45, 5 January 1907

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