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HINTS FOR ALLOTMENT 4 HOLDERS. i "1J "t. â¢: By SPADE-WORKER. HARVESTING ONIONS. One of the most important tasks of the moment is to attend to the harvesting of the spring-eown onions, for should a period of wet weather set iv, the thorough ripen- ing of the bulbs muy be rendered impos- sible. Pull up the onions just as they are and lay them out on firm material, such, for example. as a gravel path or boards they must be arranged thinly, not iu heaps, so that the sunshine and air may have free play round them. If the weather should prove wet, means must be taken to keep the onions dry by putting them in a frame, greenhouse, or sunny window, or by cover- ing them with a glass "light"; the latter must be raised on bricks, for it is essential to have the bulbs exposed freely to the air. If they are placed in a frame or greenhouse ventilation must be given freely. There is no doubt that the keeping properties of tho bulbs depend very largely upon the way in which they are treated at harvesting time. PLANTING SPRING CABBAGE. One cannot very well have this first-class vegetable throughout too long a season in spring and early summer, and it is worth while taking special pains to ensure a few cabbages as early in the spring as practic- able- From a sowing made late in July it will soon be possible to select some of the best seedlings for permanent planting; the more quickly they are established in their final poeition the earlier they are likelier to "turn in." As a rule, spring cabbage can be relied upon to thrive on ground that has been cleared of onions or peas; the soil is in ("gwod heart," without beimr unduly rich, and moderately firm, and those are the oon- ditions which suit spring cabbage perfectly. If the plants are put out on newly-dug and freshlv-manured ground they are apt to make'soft, vigorous growth, which may be damaged by severe frost. It is an excellent plau. to surround the roots with sifted ashes as a precaution against ground pests. Planting in shallow drills is also advisable. for later on the plants can be earthed up slightly as a protection against cold and wina. PRIZEWINNING HINTS. Some of our readers, I am glad to say. possess fruit trees, and all those who fin« it practicable to do so (will be well advised to plant some in the autumn. gag-handled Saw for Pruning Fruit Trees. Mr. T. Moverley points out, in connection with the pruning of tall fruit trees, that thin work is often troublesome, and especi- ally if the branches arc not strong enough to bear a ladder. Mr. Moverley (to whom a prize of "Garden Work for Every Day" is awarded) desribes and illustrates how to make a saw that is just the thing for this purpose. Take the handle off an old saw, then get a shaft 6ft. long and liin. thick. 4 Saw part way down the shaft and fit in the blade (as seen in the middle skeLcli), secur- ing it by two small bolts and screvsp. I CLEARING THE GROUND. ( It Is not at all uncommon at this season j~df the year to see on allotments rows of peas from which all the produce has been gathered and of which the haulm is dying down. It is very wasteful to allow tho ground to be encumbered in this way. The sticks should be pulled up and placed in one heap, the haulm being pulled up and placed in another heap. The former are not, as a rule, of much value for use another season, and the most economical way of dealing with them is to break them up for firewood; the haulm may be burnt or allowed to decay and then dug into the soil. On the site of the rdws of peas, various winter greens may be planted; none of these should be thrown away, for they will prove invaluable during the coming winter, which appears likely to be a time of rising prices. If all the winter greens have been put out, turnip seed can be sown to produce turnip tops, spring cab- bage can be planted, or a few leeks may be put out, though it is getting late for those. Even if the land is not cropped it is far better to have the peas removed and to get the soil dug over than to leave it in its present state. CAULIFLOWER AND BROCCOLI. These two vegetables are so similar in ap-\ pearance that many people believe them to be identical. But, apart from their appear- ance, every vegetable trrower knows that they differ widely. The cauliflower is a vegetable of summer and early autumn, and is not really hardy, while broccoli is a vegetable of late autumn, winter, and springs Cauliflowers are considered to be of more delicate flavour than broccoli. At this season cauliflowers often "turn in" more quicklv than they can be used, and it is worth knowing that they will keep for some days if pulled up and hung head down- wards in a cool shed. PRIZE COMPETITION FOR ALLOT. MENT HOLDERS. Every week two prizes are offered for the best allotment hint or recipe. The prizes consist of useful gardening books. All en- tries for this competition must be addressed "Spadeworker," care of Editor of thif paper. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. W. R. B..writes: When extreme measures have to be taken against pilfering I recom- mend the following: Stretch strong twine, 15in. high, across paths and crops, and fasten old fish hcoks on the string 2ft. apart. This costs the pilferer a troueer-leg or a jacket-sleeve. S. C.-As you did not plant the straw- berries until April the wonder is that any of them bloomed this year. They may be quite good and safe to layer from, and I should risk it. But to be certain, you must buv fresh plants. It is really too late to layer now; this ought to have been done in Julv or early August. Planting should be done without delay. Some Gardener.âThe soil from the alleys is thrown on the asparagus beds in winter; the frost and rain will break it down in time for spring sowing. I "Spadoworker" is-open to give practical advice, free of charge, to readers of this paper. Replies will be sent by powt if a stamped addressed envelope is enclosed. Address your inquiries to "Spadeworker," earc of Editor.

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