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CAMBRIAN GOSSIP.

!FLINTSHIRE & DENBIGHSHIRE…

DISTRESS IN SIBERIA.

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WATERING FORCED CROPS.

PESTS OF FORCED MELONS.

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PESTS OF FORCED MELONS. Weekly fumigation with tobaieqo will obviate Aphis attacks. Red spider and other mites are prevented or destroyed by keeping the house moist by syringing, and by burning badly affected leaves. It is possible to almost clear the foliage of these pests by forcible syringing. The best method of eliminating mealy bugs, which generally appear in the axils of leaves, is that of knocking them off by a hard stream of water. Mildew aitected leaves become more or less covered with mouldy, frost like patches, total destruction of the leaf often following. This disease is easily prevented or checked by carefully controlling the temperature and atmospheric moisture, and by painting the heating surfaces of the house with sulphur. The browning and partial decay of the stem just at or beneath the soil-surface, resulting in flag- ging, stopping of growth and drooping, known as I damping-off,' may be prevented by keeping. the soil dry round the stems of thu plants, by hilling them up above the surrounding level of the Boil surface, and by surrounding them ,itla silver sand with which a little sulphur is ad- mixed. A serious physiological dioea-ie is reported by Mr. L. H. Bailey, under the name 'house blight.' ft is probably superinduced by leaving the house and plants wet at aight, and is first visible as yellowish fungoi i like patches on the leaves, the affected areas soon becoming brown and dying, and the whole leaf in turn flagging and shrivelling. E. KEMP TOOGGOD, R.H.F.S., pro Toogood a.nd Sons The Royal Seed Establ shtoent, Soufchamptfi

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