• more damp, it matters very much more to keep the garden
well a era led. the most obvious pia ce to take picopcisteps is the vegetable garden; theic aic many unnecessary leaves which impede the cimulation of air besides holding moisture in themselves and providing a harbnurage for slugs. Taking simple precautions now will probably benefit your crops iti Finlay ways not only through the autumn and winter but also throughout next yeat. Many fungus troubles over-winter in places where muggy conditions encourage i hum.
I have already spoken this autumn of the danger ot leaving fruits about which :He suffering from Brown Rot. It goes without saying that plants subtect to mho fungus troubles should be promptly it:moved and burnt when
disease Is observed. for this reason any tips ot gooseberry branches affected with mildew (dark brown spores and often twisted bps) should be tut . off and burnt. Remove all spent blanches of cane fruits and let ifee air and sun do what they can to keep the garden healthy.
For immediate etleta the last remaintug leaves on tomatoes in cold houses should be removed (Those who replace them by chrysanthemums should pot on the plants outdoors in readiness). All tomatoes should now be brought in from 011tdoor6. Wherever these and other fruits arc ripening there should be free circulation of air. Failure to observe this tule, particularly in greenhouses and cold frames, will result in an immediate effect of an undeeirable kind. 'Grey mildew is tlib look-out for the flaw in your defences. If one or two plants (especially lettuces with lower leaves resting on the soil) become affected, this may be enough to cause endless trouble ualess properly dealt with. Air
and cleanliness count. A very pale pink solution of permanganate of potash helps to ward off or cure most infestations if conditione are kept buoyant. Towards the same end we can take decayed or useless leaves from the Brussels sprouts plants already full of promise. To take lower leaves off does no harm ; in fact it accelerates sprout production. Remove waste cabbage leaves (faded ones) at the same time.
Do not forget soil aeration. Lightly fork up-all the ,oil you can. It makes weeding easier,( too. Air will also do a lot of good to those plots you should be getting ready for any sowings, such as those of beanie, next month or for the planting of the latest salads to supplement or replace the earliest ones. Do this work now before the soil is too utterly moist.