The Gardener, a Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture

The Gardener, a Magazine of Horticulture and Floriculture

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...Seeding should be prevented if possible, as it tends greatly to increase the work for years to come; while the hoe is destroying weeds, it is doing much to promote free growth in the vegetable crops. The pronged hoe and steel fork may also be used with great advantage. Good soaking of water may be necessary if weather should be dry; mulchings for Peas, Beans, &c., are of much service, especially on light soils. After the surface dries sufficiently, the hoe should be used to prevent cracking; the loose soil acts as a mulching. Cold dribblings of water are an evil which cannot be too strongly denounced. Proceed with the planting of all the Brassica tribe of plants as they become large enough. Plants drawn up before they are planted seldom do 'well. Sturdy vigorous plants are always to be preferred. Crowding of winter crops cannot be reasonably expected to give good returns. Frost and damp are sure to make great havoc if the winter should be severe. Draw neat drills for the plants; when planting is done the soil should be pressed gently to the roots instead of wedging in the collars only. We find this practice is still common with the non-experienced. Keep each kind of crops by itself as much as possible, so that good breadths can be trenched, or dug up when the crop is taken off. Avoid the too common system of cutting up the ground with paths across plots, which (though a very old system), wastes ground for no purpose. Dustings of lime and small coal-ashes may be required to keep slugs and grubs in check. Puddling the roots with cowmanure, soot, and soil well mixed, does much to keep vermin off, and helps the plants to withstand drought Manure-water may now help Cauliflower to finish off fine heads. Walcheren Broccoli may be sown for a late supply....
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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236677552
  • 9781236677556