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a4u D i=,4l,  V- Flowering Roots.âAs soon as opportunity occurs examine the roots or bulbs of the fol. lowing plants in frost-proof shed or cellar dahlia, tigridia, salvia patens, marvel ol Peru, and gladiolus. Remove any showing signs of decay, and if any roots apoear too dry mix a little moist soil or sand with that at present in use. Bedding Lobelias.âGood strains of these popular bedding plants come so true from seeds that many growers do not bother to lift plants in autumn, or put in cuttings. Seedlings raised in a heated greenhouse now save valuable space in winter, and time and trouble. In preparing well-drained pots of sandy soil make the surface fine and smooth. Scatt-er the dust-like seeds thinly and evenlv over the surface, covering onlv with a little fine sand. Place a sheet of glass on the top of each pot until the seedlings appear. Lilv of < # cl,:ean i n g off Lily of the Valley.âAfter cleaning off weed; from the bed top-dress with a mixture of leaf-soil, road scrapings, and old potting soil; this will help in the production of much stronger flower spikes. The present ia a good time for making a new bed, planting or course only to be done if weather is mild. Single crowns one or two years old should be secured and planted in deeply worked, enriched soil, two inches apart. Insert the crowns so that their points are but slightly below surface. A border beneath a north or east wall or fence is an ideal place. < < Cono Flowers.âRudbeckias are popular autumn flowers in many gardens. Thriving in most soils, and in sunny or partially shaded positions, they are showy in the border, and last well when cut. Four valu- able sorts are R. speciosa (svn. Newmanii), 2ft.; R. maxima, 4ft.; R. Golden Glow, double flowers, 6ft.; R. Herbstsonne, 6ft.; all have yellow blossoms. They are propa- gated by division of the clumps or roots, February being a good time for the work. Apricots.âIn pruning these tyideavour to retain as much as possible of the young growth. Lay in young shoots and secure them to the wall 4iu. to 6in. apart. Allow the growths to extend as much as possible, and if pruning back must be done shorten to where a triple bud or a cluster of three buds occurs. Apricots are naturally free growing trees, and should have plenty of space. Removing Large Branches from Fruit Trees.âWhen dealing with neglected fruit trees it sometimes happens that a large branch has to be removed. Many sever it at a point an inch or so frm its base; the snag thus left is unsightly and offers an entrance for diseasa spore3. The correct method is to cut as close as possible to the older branch, then pare e cut surface with a sharp knife, and as a protection against frost, rain, and fungus spores apply a good coating of tar. Tho tissues will heal quickly, and in time the exposed wood will be covered. Bouvardia.âIn most cases these plants will have done flowering by now. Straggling shoots should be shortened, the plants being placed in the warmest end of the green- house. New shoots will then appear, and as soon as these are about half an inch in length the plants should be repotted. If it is desired to increase the stock, the young shoots may be taken as cuttings and if treated as fuchsias will soon root. Parsnips.âSeeds of this important crop may 1).E- sown at any time now, providing the ground is in a fairly dry condition. Thin sowing is advisable, not only on account of the increased cost of seed, but owing to last year's partial failure of parsnips the chance of getting poor seeds is small. Allow not less than 12in. between the rows, a similar distance between each pair of seeds; remove the weakest seedling if both seeds germinate, as soon as these show the true leaf. The Week's Work.âTo follow the spring and summer display of violas or tinted pansies, make a sowing of seed in a heated greenhouse. These will provide a succession of blossoms from July onwards ending only when frosts check them in late October or November. Pentstemons are extensively raised from seeds to-day in preference, or in addition, to the older practice of propaga- tion by cutting*. Sow the seeds in a warm greenhouse, and plant the seedlings out- side where they are to flower during May. Do not fail to lightly dig in the grass around the stem cf each fruit tree for at least six years after planting. Where this is neglected "the trees arc slow in starting into growth and are stunted in appearance, in- stead of growing freely. Lime is an essen- tial element in the successful cultivation of all stone fruits, and ajiples derive great benefit from an application. Fresh air- slaked lime can be applied, and is best put on the land iu small heaps fresh from the kiln. Tho lime soon powders, and is then ready for spreading. If the next leek crop is to be of extra large size, a little seed should now he sown thinly in boxes or pots ffiled with sandy soil. Spread the seeds over a perfectly level surface, placing them quite clear of each other. If such a box is kept in a greenhouse or large sunny window until May. the plants may be pl a i, ted straight into the open garden in rich soil. Those who have a few healthv cauliflower plants from a sowing made 'last August, must see that the soil is not allowed to be- come dust-dry or many plants will go "blind" just when hopes are running high of an early crop. Give what water iat re- quired early in the morning, and during a spell of bright sun admit air freelv to the plants by tilting the "light." Propagating the Vine.âIt is an easy matter to raise young vines by means of evii or buds. Cut a well matured vine short into inch lengths each of which has a bud or eye. These should be placed singly in small pota and plunged in bottom-heat in a glass-house or in a hot-bed. Where sufficient warmth is not obtainable, the work should be deferred for a few weeks. Then young plants need to be grown in a warm moist atmosphere until midsummer. Another method- is to insert young growths in sandy loam in a cool house. These as the season advances will start into growth and become properly rooted. # Broad Beans.âMake a further sowing of these on a warm border, whenever possible, selecting a plot which has been previously well manured and deeply dug. A place ir the open is preferable to a position which, although just now well sheltered, will, in a few weeks, be shut out from all sun. Failing a manured plot, sow the hean; where the ground' has been deeply dug 01 trenched, sowing in rows a fcot apart. Seville, Bunyard's ExhioTiion, and Levia- than a;e good varieties.

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