Page 6, 22nd November 1957

22nd November 1957
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Page 6, 22nd November 1957 — ; GARDENING 1 ; G ROUND Elder and Sorrel: two

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; GARDENING 1 ; G ROUND Elder and Sorrel: two

of the worst enemies in the weed line that the gardener has to do battle with. Now. while one is still digging, is the time to tackle the former, burning every bit of that innocent-looking white root that is going in crop out so vigorously next year if any of it is left in the ground. And be sure that all of it is burned, for the smallest bit of it will take hold again if it can find any bit of soil to root in.

Sorrel (for which I always have rather a sneaking affection because on waste ground where it can ramp it puts out such beautiful flower heads) is generally an indication of a sour soil, so in one way it has its use, as well as its summer beauty. If you are troubled with it, give your ground a dressing of hydrated lime (roughly ; lb. to the sq. yd.) and if you have been

troubled with eluhroot, give similar

however, 'Iliac the potato patch as lime sometimes causes scab on the tubers.

Potatoes, by the way, are considered by some people to be a way of getting rid of ground elder, which, they insist. neacr flourishes On it patch where this• crop has been grown. Carry on with digging as long as the weather is open, keeping a look-out for pests. for now is the time to nip them in the grub.

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