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Garden in War E. J. KING BY this time we should

be able to see which of our earlier sowings were successful, and act accordingly. Seed sown in cold or damp soil may havt come up very patchily. With some subj:cts it is possible to transplant ; in fact, this can be done much oftener than is supposed. Root crops in general should not be transplanted, because they often become forked and also because, on the whole, the game Is not worst] the candle. Peas, beans and onions can all he transplanted with ease, although onions are still rather on the shall side yet from this year's sowings.

Under favourable conditions it should be about time to prick off seedlings of the earliest brassicas, and get them set out about three inches apart. Slugs and sparrows arc very partial to them. The judicious use of old soot round the seedlings spoils the flavour. The soot should not touch the seedlings. Birds arc also kept off with black cotton or wire netting guards. Peas also want protection from these pests. The earliest peas will already have sticks in position ; the later ones, too. should be given theirs before they seem to need them, That is probably the time when in fact they benefit most from their presence. Use tiny twigs near the ground for the baby plants.

In case of a patchy row of peas or beans which cannot be made up with transplanting, 11 is of little use to sow, now in the same place Make the best you can of the old lot and sow more. Sow spinach or round beet or lettuce between the rows If your early bras

sicas failed sou Eno e at once. The same applies to leeks, FRUIT THIS YEAR When these notes are printed it is more than likely that apples will be in full bloom There is a tradition that spraying with arsenical and similar poisonous sprays should be done when he bloom is still open This evil practice results every year in the poisoning of those very bees which have already pollinated your . plums, gooseberries. currants and pears-and it is of doubtful value in itself. It you must use arsenic, use it at the sensible time;

that is,. immediately after the petals have fallen. I will do the olds and also spare the bees Many currant hushes are infested each year with an aphis which brings red blisters on the leaves and cripples he growth. Spray well inside the clusters of leaves with Derris or Clensel or Quassia preparations

Have stakes and 'wires ready in good tin* for the young shoots of loganberries and other brambles. Neglect now often impairs the next year's crop. Tie in the fruiting canes securely ; they will soon be heavy with broad leaves acting like sails in the wind.

' For the outdoor tomato crop, sow now under a cloche or in a well-built

frame. You will have good, strong plants this way.

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