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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March 15th. A lightloamy or sandy soil is best. Put a handful of com-plete fertilizer and a shovelful of well-rotted manureor compost in each hill, mix well with the soil andput two inches of plain dirt on top. I prefer lowhills that are very little if any above the ground level,each hill about a foot in diameter. Sow plenty ofseed—about fifteen seeds scattered all over the hill,covered half an inch deep and firmed with the backof a hoe. When the vines are well up, thin out halfof them; when the remainder begin to run, thinthem out so as to leave only three—well spaced. Cul-tivate and hoe (shallow) until the vines prevent.Some growers practise nipping off the tips of lead-ing shoots when three or four feet in length, toforce out side shoots and hasten fruiting. These crops—especially melons and cucumbers—are oftentimes hurried along by planting the seed Plant fJic seeds and use the hoe, Balmy he the zceather;Grozith is sure though it be sloiv,And tJie liarvest time well know.
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LL of the crops mentioned inthis chapter are tender andseed -should not be planted inthe open ground in the Northuntil the weather is warm andsettled—say atout May 15th.In Georgia, I am told, the 128 BIGGLE garden BOOK about a month earlier in dirt-bands, in pots, or oninverted pieces of sod (see Chapter III), and raisingthe plants under glass, or—on a small scale—in thekitchen window. Then, without disturbing the rootsin the least, the plants are moved to hills outdoorsthe latter part of May when the weather is warmand settled. Or, if only a few hills are wanted,heres another way to force the plants: Sow theseed in permanent hillsoutdoors early in April(in the North), and covereach hill with a small boxof any kind or shape,without a bottom and witha piece of glass laid onfor a top (see illustra-tion). Thus you have acheap, rough, miniaturecoldframe over each hill,which serves the doublepurpose of raising extra-early plants, and protect-ing them from insects un-A GLASS-COVERED B
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