ALREADY the roots of rhubarb are showing fat buds on the crown. This shows that it is time to prepare to force the new stalks. Cover them with warm littery material inside drainpipes or buckets. For rapid results, lift the best roots with a few good crowns and bring them into a cellar or greenhouse. Do not let them dry out The provident have already done this.
At the same time, speed up the blanching and forcing of chicory, seakale and swedes to provide succulent shoots in warmth. Dandelion and scorzonera or salsify ale often used for this purpose It is surprising how easy and how appetising these vegetables arc.
Plant out at the earliest opportunity any broad beans wintered in frames for protection, and fill the gaps in the ranks of those outside Soon it will be too laic for proper establishment before the spring rush. On dry soils peas or a dwarf round-seeded sort may be confidently sown; but the majority of us will do better to sow only broad beans as yet, unless cloche protection is available. .
Many of, the more permanent members of the garden are conveniently divided now. Any side-shoots from the roots `of seakale can be planted out now. More popular with most is the rhubarb root. easily divided now into sound pieces. each containing one good eye. Bury rather deeper than the plant is expected to stay permanently.
E. J. KING.
Orion. A Miscellany. (Nicholson and Watson. 6s.) The second issue of this attractive miscellany, edited by Mr. Edwin Muir, Miss Rosamond Lehmann and others. presents a collection of stories. essays and poems nearly all up to the standard set by the previous issue From Mr. V S. Pritchett conies an excellent story; from Elizabeth Bowen a valueble article on the novel : from 'Mr. R. D Smith a slight but interesting note on Arthur Koestler. There is also a somewhat lascivious essay on the effect of Bernanos on Mr. Rayner Heppenstall.