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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out to aboutthree plants to a pole. The seed is very apt to rotin the ground if soil is too wet or cold. A XewJersey bean grower informs me that he greases thebeans with lard before planting, and thus preventsthe rot of seed. He lards a quantity at a time ina large pan, working a little lard into the masswith his hands. One quart should plant about 100hills. The hills may, or may not, be raised a littleabove the ground level; personally I prefer themnearly level. Manure and fertilizer should be wellmixed with soil in eachhill, with a two-inch toplayer of ordinary earth.Poles are preferably ofcedar because that woodis so durable, but anystout pole about seven anda half feet long will do.These are easily set inholes about a foot and ahalf deep made with aniron crowbar (see illus-tration). Poles will lasta long time if storedunder cover in winter.When poles can not be procured, the use of bracedend-posts and wires will answer the purpose andsave room in a small garden. One wire should be
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CORN. BEANS. SWEET POTATCES 123 Strung about six feet high, and another about sixinches from the ground—directly over the four-footrow, with the beans planted as close together aseighteen inches so as to take full advantage of thistrellis system. When the beans begin to run, bindertwine may be woven zigzag fashion between the twowires to form a trellis for the bean vines to climb on. Some folks nip off the vine tips when theyvereached the top of the poles or wires—to checkgrowth and hasten the formation of beans. Limas may be forced by starting them about amonth earlier in dirt-bands, pots, etc., under glass,and then moving them to the outdoor hills aboutMay 25th in the North, or when the second leavesare formed. (See Chapter III.) Or they may beforced in a small way in the outdoor hills, by usingthe box-and-glass arrangement pictured in ChapterXIIL Marketing limas : When the shape of the beanscan be distinctly seen in the pods, it is about timeto pick them; of course several pick
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