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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t home. Pamt thesash before glazing, usinga liberal supply of oil inthe white lead. After thepaint is dry, the glazingmay be begun. It is bestto procure single-strengthA glass rather than cheap-er grades. There should the hotbed should be shel-be three runs of 10×12 tered from cold winds by . , . . WALL, FENCE OR WINDBREAK glass, each run requirmg six panes, or eighteen panes per sash. Overlap thepanes about one-fourth inch. Secure the glass ateach lap by the smallest-sized glazing points. Afterdriving in the points, apply putty or mastica. xfterthis hardens, paint the sash again. Fire Hotbeds.—In some sections nearly all themarket gardeners use fire hotbeds, says E. R. Jin-nette. It is neither difficult nor expensive to makea fire bed. The bed is warmed by two flues extend-ing from the fire-box or furnace. Iii clay soils theflues are often simply trenches cut in the soil six oreight inches deep, the width of a spade at the bottomand eight or ten inches at the top. They are covered
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22 BIGGLE GARDEN BOOK with flat Stones. Six-inch drain tiles make goodflues. The furnace can be made of stone or brick. Itshould be two feet wide, two feet high and four feetlong. Old grate-bars, or a section of an old boiler,make a fine top for the furnace. Fire beds vary inlength from fifty to 200 feet, but seventy-five to 100feet will prove most satisfactory. To insure a gooddraft the flues must have a rise of three or fourfeet to the 100 feet of length. For this reason it isbetter to make the bed on a gentle south slope. Startthe bed eight or ten feet from the furnace. Theearth on the flues next to the furnace should be atleast three feet deep, tapering down to four or fiveinches at the upper end. It is best to have the bedextend east and west, and the flue on the south sideshould be within six inches of the edge of the bed.That on the north side can be a foot or more fromthe edge. At the fire-box the top of the flues shouldbe on a level with the top of the furnace, and bothflues
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