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WarE. by GARDENERS whose soil is very well drained (and well worked) can now at last sow the new Season's crops outdoors without protection. The sorts chosen must be hardy. Parsnips love a long season of growth and, during summer months, more moisture than most light soils can afford. Thesefore it is as well to make a first sowing now on light soils; then if this year is like die last Iwo and gives us a dry spring, the parsnip seedlings will conic to no harm, having made a good tap root. Rows should be at least a foot apart, and sow thiely: the final space between the plants in the rows should he not less than nine inches. Sow the variety called " Improved Marrow " this year.

On damp or heavy soils, however, wait a bit before sowing parsnips or any vegetable with corrugated seeds. They will only rot in the ground if you do. Do not worry when you see sowings on sandy soils.You will have the laugh over your brethren there as the season advances. Indeed, I have seen splendid parsnips from sowings as late as early April in very favourable years. Round seeds arc best for early sowings. generally. That is why peas for earliest sowings are usually of the Pilot thhe. and not marrowfats. The very hardiest peas of all are thosewith a bluish tinge to the seeds. such

as the dwarf Meteor. An improved strain of Pilot, though. will be found 'much more prolific. Seeds are sown about an inch deep in drills about three or four inches wide, a double row of peas in each drill_ Drills should be about two feel apart: but you are not likely to sow more than one row now. Soak the peas for a short time in paraffin to keep mice and birds away, and. if you can. dust tate surface of the soil with soot after sowing. Gardeners with cloches should put them into position about ten days berelic sowing, to get the surface soil warmed up and dried.

Peas should do well even on heavy soils ham present sowings with protection; but the soil must he well drained. If there is any doubt about that. sow another row of broad beans. The improved kinds of this vegetable are splendid fare. On heavy soil the plants are not quite so likely to be attacked by blackfly: even if they are. the moisture in your soil will have

made the seedlings romp ahead to full flowering before then. Sow a double row in a drill about six inches wide. the seeds riot closer than six inches apart in the rows; there should be two feet between the drills. a

Staanmer (round-seeded) spinach is a fairly safe proposition now. Sow e single row. with seeds one inch apart.

A rt ROBIN AND FAY PEARCE T"•psychology is nearly as interest ing as the paintings of this double one-man's shone So indistinguishable tut first glance are Fay's paintings from Robin's that one irresistibly turns the exhibition into a parlour game by trying to guess which canvases are by whom. And one is intrigued to wonder, (a) if the husband has influenced his wife. (b) if the wire influenced the husband, or (c) if by some quite extraordinary repetition in nature's pattern, they both have been granted the same vision and so Marriage was inevitable.

Their paintings are in the Christopher Wood school, direct, naive and childlike. Boats, harbours and the sea fascinate them both. Robin's line is the stronger and the simpler; Fay's is more complex, fussier and sometimes far subtler. She only deeds the wrong push to fall ioto abstracts. All their work is

pre-eminently gay and brave.— (Leicester.)

I. C.




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