Page 3, 9th March 1945

9th March 1945
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Page 3, 9th March 1945 — By E. J. KING THE severe wea ther of 'January scorched

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By E. J. KING THE severe wea ther of 'January scorched

the young growth of many plants. That is the worst ot our Engush winters; we have sueculent growth falling a prey to an unexpected sharp spell. Many of the afteeted plants will, however, pick up. Even such things as broad beans whose tops have been entirely blackened often send up secondary growth front below soil level. By this time we should be able to tell whether we cart safely count on the revival of die beans, or whether we should sow more. Often when mice or birds have eaten the top off there is a similar development of branching growth which in the end seems [setter.

This is at good time for making a small (and experimental) sowing of such very early peas as the dwarf Meteor in a sheltered corner. Other kinds are aid.) suitable, but they should be of the round-seeded type, not the wrinkled niarrowfats. In very warm places early March is safe enough for that good old favourite Pilot. Even in ordinary districts anti sites, however, we can have every prospect of a crop by early June by means of the use of cloches. It Ise very good plan to sow a first row of early pees in a well manured plot with plenty of humus, and a row of lettuces or other salads alongside. The cloche will be enough protection for both crops for a while, and then can be moved to covet the lettuces alone when it is safe to uncover the peas. As mice arc greedy for peas in early spring, the seeds should be dipped in paraffin and rolled in red lead before sowing. Dust the surface of the soil with soot also.

If you prefer, you can make a sowing of early cabbages cauliflowers, or brussels sprouts alongside the peas under cloches. These will. however, requite transplanting later MAKE SURE OF POTATOES

Readers will remember I have never advocated the extensive cultivation of potatoes by the amateur. I think it is uneconomical of space, time and effort. It would be a pity if the present shortage Were to result in extensive plantings on small allotments. The shortage ire due more to weathet and admioistrative difficulties than -to a true lack of potatoes. So continue with your few rows of earlies and second earlies for the MOST part. There is a very great deal of virus about, and light soils suffered badly last year. Try therefore to get good Scotch " seed " or Irish, and grow only robust varieties on soil you have prepared well. To calculate the amount required, remember that an average " seed " potato weighs two ounces; these are usually set 15 to 18 inches apart in rows two feet apart. Good kinds to buy now are Arran Pilot (estrly), Arran Banner or Comrade (second), Arran Consul or Kerr's Pink (late). Set them to sprout indoors. Tubers already sprouting in the greenhouse or house will he ready for planting in about a fortnight's time, weather permitting..

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