garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit" (1908)">
Title: Biggle garden book; vegetables, small fruits and flowers for pleasure and profit
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Biggle, Jacob
Subjects: Gardening Vegetable gardening
Publisher: Philadelphia, W. Atkinson Co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress
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r weeks(see Chapter III for cultural directions). In theSouth it may be started several weeks or monthsearlier, according to latitude. One ounce of seedshould furnish about i,ooo plants; they are movedto the open ground in March or early April. Thefaster the growth, the more crisp, tender and sweetthe lettuce will be. Some gardeners facilitate theheading process by drawing up the outer leavesaround the plant and securing them in place with astring. (Note: Very early lettuce is often grownentirely in frames or greenhouses, without trans-planting outdoors.) Summer and fall lettuce: Most varieties of let-tuce do not do well in hot weather; therefore if youwant summer lettuce you should select the kindcalled Cos—a distinct type (also known as celerylettuce, or Romaine). For fall lettuce any of thespring varieties may be planted. Varieties : Early Curled Simpson, Black SeededSimpson, Grand Rapids, etc., are good extra-earlykinds of the curled or leaf variety. Tennis Ball, LETTUCE. CELERY
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Boston Market, Iceberg, Hanson, etc., are good heador cabbage kinds, but do not mature quite soquickly. Marketing lettuce: My experience tells me thatlettuce with a blanched heart sells best in most mar-kets, and is in more or less demand all the yeararound. Lettuce in the held is cut off close to theground and taken to the packing house, where theuntidy outer leaves are taken off. A favorite pack-age for lettuce in Maryland, etc., is the round,veneer basket with a cover(the cover is not shown inillustration). Ventilated bar-rels, crates, etc., are used insome localities. Lettuce forshipment should be quite drywhen packed. Lettuce for a a basket of Marylandnear-by fancy trade is some- ^J^^^^^^^^times grown in two-inch pots, and marketed in that way—thus insuring freshness. Insects and diseases: Out-of-doors the lettucecrop is seldom troubled by bugs or fungi. Cutwormssometimes bother (see Chapter XI). Under glassdamping off (sometimes called drop or wilt)is a common trouble (see Cha
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