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HINTS UPON GARDENING. --+- GARDENING OPERATIONS FOB THE WEEK.-Celery to be sown for early supply. A small pan of seed will be sufficient for the wants of the largest family for a first sowing. Let the soil be rich and fine, the seed to be very lightly covered. If the soil is reasonably moist in the first instance, it will not require to be watered till the plants are up. To prevent evaporation, lay a sqaare of glass over the pan after sowing the seeds. Rhubarb in the open quarters to have six inches of rotten dung heaped over the crown of each plant. Rhu. barb may be planted now, and old stools may be d" vided. Kitchen crops of every bind required for spr^g Bowing may be sown in very small breadths, and ,v"h the exercise of judgment as to the prospects of tb^we^" thsr. Cabbage occupying plots of ground wW-0*1 will ba required shortly for some other crop, may be taken tip and laid in by the heels in some out the way place till wanted for the kitchen. As he plants do not grow at all this time of the year, dor for several weeks to come, the ground they occnSy may be taken possession of at once, if required to be got ready for another crop. This remark appizei3 only to cabbages of a size fit for table, and that would probably be cut for the kitchen during Pebniar7 and the early part of March; store plants for planting out in spring must be left alone for the present. If any likelihood of re- quiring early supplies of summer cabbage, sow now a few of the early heaxting kieids in boxes or pans, and start in a gentle heft. At the end of February these will have to be pricked out into a sheltered bed out of doors, or, better still, into a bed over which a frame can be placed for a few weeks to help them on and protect from frost. Sow oauliflowers in boxes, and treat as advised in foregoing paragraph on cabbage, re- membering that these are more tender in con- stitution, and will require a little more nursing. Sow lettuce in boxes as advised for cabbage and cauli- flower. Peas and beans pushing through the ground need some protection both against frost and vermin. If the weather is mild and open, the best you can do for them is to sprinkle slightly with soot, or plentifully with wood ashes. This will keep off slugs and snails, which, if they wake at all now, are sure to search out tha peas and beans for breakfast. If the weather is cold and likely to be severe, strew over them any light dry warm material that may be handy-sueb. as chaff, waste hay, or even dry fine earth. In places exposed to the wind, branches of spruce thrust in aslant so as to overhang the rows will be protective, and may save many a promising piece of plant from destruction. Potatoes of early kinds that have made short, hard, purple sprouts in the full daylight may be planted at the foot of a warm wall, or in any other wall-sheltered and sunny position for an early crop. To force pota- toes it is only necessary to have a gentle bottom heat from a large mass of fermenting material, a bed of light rich earth containing a good proportion of leaf mould and charred rubbish, and some old frames and lights. Of course, they must never be exposed to frost or excessive wet; but as soon as the season is suf- ficiently advanced, they must have as much light and air as can be given with safety. It is not so important to protect the roots from the steam of fermenting dung'; in fact, the potato murrain may be engendered in a forc- ing frame by shutting the plants up close over a steam- ing hotbed. Roses to be planted as soon as possible. In light soils standards will thrive better if some clay is dug in with the manure. Roses on their own roots need a lighter soil than briars. Roses will never thrive unless the ground is effectually drained, deeply stirred, and liberally manured. Tulips breaking ground now are likely to suffer byfrost.: Heap cones of sand around them before the crowns open, and cover with mats on hoops while the weatner continues severe. Dahlias may be started in a gentle heat for cuttings. The simplest way is to lay the tubers on the soil over a tank in a propagating house, or on a bed of warm hoops or dung, and when the shoots are two inches long take them off and strike them. Hollyhocks in cutting pots to have a shift to 48-sized pots, and the soil to be chiefly loam. Keep them in the green- house or warm pit for a week after shifting, then they may go to a cold frame. Strong plants in pots may be slanted out. Annuals to be sown in plenty for early Magazine.

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