NOTES FOR SEPTEMBER. If, as recommended in previous notes in this place, vacant ground has been broken up and left exposed ducing the winter months, it will now be in excellent condition for cropping, which may be proceeded with as opportunity offers. This and the following month will be found to demand continual attention in keeping the occupants of the garden free from weeds, and otherwise in a healthy state, so that no time should be lost. A small sowing of nearly all the principal vegetables may be put in at any time, and towards the end of the month the general crop of peas, broad beans, onions, carrots, parsnips, lettuce, radish, parsley, etc., with tomatoes, cucumbers, and vegetable marrows under glass. The planting of shallots, garlic, rhubarb roots, and seakale should he finished immediately. Transplant cabbage and cauliflower plants, and roots of thyme, sage, and other herbs, always choosing dry weather for the operation, as the ground is not benefited by being worked while in a damp state. Rhubarb and seakale required for forcing should receive attention by being covered by a barrel, around which is laid a quantity of fresh stable manure. A corner of the greenhouse may be utilised for the rhubarb, packing the roots in thick-
Ily and covering lightly with earth* If a succession of crops is desired, it will be necessary to cover up fresh roots as the old ones are used up. / FLOWER GARDENThe ground should now be got ready to receive flower roots and seeds. Hardy annuals, such as Candytuft, Godetia, Mignonette, Sweet Peas, Nemophila, and others may be sown at any time now- in small quantities, so that even if a failure does occur, time will be given to re-sow. If sown in beds or clumps attention should,, be given to the height and colour, so as to secure a good effect at flowering time. Half hardy annuals and perennials such as asters. Ten Weeks Stock, Marigolds, Phlox, Lobelias, Verbenas, Hollyhocks, Carnations, etc., should be sown in fine soil under glass as soon as possible. Rooted cuttings of bedding plants should be hardened off in cold frames preparatory to planting out in borders, and also take cuttings off Chrysanthemums for planting out in November. Keep all flower beds clean, and stir surface is kept for either trees or bulbs coming through the ground. The pruning of roses and other bushes should be completed forthwith ; also carefully train creepers to poles or trellises. FRUIT GARDEN. Any transplanting yet unfinished should be brought to completion as soon as possible. This is also the proper month for grafting. This, however, requires more teaching than can be given in this column, in fact, the maximum of success can only be learned by actual experience. A good mulching of manure placed over the roots of newly-planted trees will prove beneficial : also stir the ground with a fork between the rows of trees and plants, as the looser the rurface is kept—for either trees or vegetables the better they will thrive.
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The Garden, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
The Garden Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
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