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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ndred hoods can be made quicklyand cheaply. Dibbers, etc., for Traxsplaxtixg.—The trans-planting tool used by many gardeners is a short,pointed stick, called a dibber or dibble, and hav-ing a handle of any convenient shape. L. H. Bailey,in his book, Principles of Vegetable Gardening, says :In the working hand hold the dibber ; in the otherhand hold the plant; the plant is lowered into a holemade by the dibber (which makes a hole but doesnot remove the earth). (The earth is best closedabout the plant by inserting the dibber alongside ofit, an inch or so distant, and then giving the handlea quick push toward the plant—thus pushing soilinto the first hole while the plant is held in place withthe other hand.) It is customary to have a boycarry the plants in a covered basket or box, and todrop them just ahead of the planters. One boy ordi-narily will drop for two rows of planters; he shouldnot drop faster than the plants are required. Setthe plants deep. Gardeners usually prefer to set
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36 BIGGLE garden BOOK them to the seed-leaf, even though they were an inchor two higher than this in the original seedbed. This about the plant to afford a surface mulch. In largeroperations a tank on wheels is drawn through thefields * * * Transplanting machines drawn by horsesare now becoming popular for large-area practise,and these are supplied with a watering device * * *A quick man can transplant from 5,000 to 6,000 plantsin a day, if the soil is light and in good condition.Ten acres of cabbage plants sometimes may be setin a day by means of a horse machine. Other tools besides dibbers and horse machinesare often used in transplanting. For instance, straw-berry plants are frequently set with a spade; andmany gardeners mark out deep furrows for tomatoes,etc., put manure and fertilizer where plants are togo, mix it with the soil, and then set the plants withthe aid of a spade, trowel or hoe, and a boy or manto carry the plants and hold them in place. (A pic-ture in Chapter XIV sho
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