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Aberystwyth Agricultural Committee.





BY SPADE-WORKER. LOOKING FORWARD. Potatoes are very badly diseased this year, and it is necessary frequently to look through them with the object of removing those that are unsound. This is true only of the maincrop varieties, and of the second earlies to some extent. I am more than ever convinced that it pays to grow more earlies and fewer late or maincrop sorts. My first earlies are still sound, and I have not yet come to the end of them, whereas the late tubers are badly diseased, and many have to be wasted. There is another advantage in growing early potatoesâyou can always dig them in fine weather, with the result that they dry perfectly before feeing stored. This year, for instance, most of us had to dig our late potatoes in bad weather, the result being that on heavy land they were covered with wet soil that made drying' and storing difficult. Therefore I strongly ad- vise allotment-holders to grow more early and second early potatoesâthose which can be harvested in July and August. Seed tubers of the first carlies ought to be ordered at once. VALUE OF POUTRY MANURE. When properly treated poultry manure is of the greatest value to the allotment- holder it forms, in fact, a guano the equivalent of which would be costly to pur- chase. Let me, then, advise all allotment- holders who kec;> fowls to take great care of the manure. It is a mistake to apply it to the soil, and especially in winter, just as it is taken from the fowl-shed. The correct way is to keep it under cover and to treat 1 it as shown in the accompanying sketches. ?Dw;i-ma-nA(rL- l/ry soil the h&o well muted I Making the Most of Poultry Manure. [ By mixing the manure with a;bout an equal quantity of line, dry soil, and turning the heap over occasionally, you will have a valuable fertiliser suitable for application to various allotment crops in spring. CHRISTMAS SALAD. Those who, as advised last spring, sowed a row of chicory may now set about obtain- ing an appetising winter salad. The roots are, of course, fully developed, and a few of the best should be liftedâthe leaves being twisted offâand planted in a deep box of soil; the soil should reach almost to the tops of the roots If water is given as required and the box is placed in any warm, dark place, the roots will soon start into growth, and when about 8in. long the tops are ready to cut. PROFITABLE PLUMS. I find that in view of tne probability of a fixed tenure of allotments, or of the provi- sion of other land if neeesary, the subject of fruit-tree planting is discussed with con- siderable interest. It is most important to choose suitable varieties, for some, especially of plums, are more reliable than others. Victoria is the heaviest cropper of all, but it is very liable to silver leaf disease. Other splendid sorts are Pond's Seedling, Monarch, Czar, and Early Prolific. All these are cook- ing plums, though when ripe they are good enough for eating. Of dessert plums suit- able to grow as bushes or standards the best are Denniston's Superb, Jefferson, and Oullin's Gage. PRIZE WINNING HINTS. The new book, "Allotment Gardening: A Complete Guide," is awarded, to Mr. T. F. Jones for his notes and sketch on the season- 1 able subject of draining an allotment. Draining the Allotment; Open out the path at A 9in. deep, then the path at B 18in. deep, and insert a small pipe to prevent soil falling in the main drain. Next open out the path from A to B, and fill in with stones and pieces of brick, covering these with 2in. or 3in. of soil. If there is no main drain sink an old bin at B, below the level of the drain.


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