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H!NTS FOR ALLOTMENT HOLDERS. WINTER THOUGHTS OL#4!SPPING WORK. By SPAD'AVORKER. i Thoaz, who meu.n to make the Tro.;t of j their allotments next year must soon be- gin to pict aii<i pItMt ill earnest. There are i lists to make out of seeds and roots to be J oYdered. but "bcf(tJ that can be done it is necessary to consider the record of the past reason and to 'ascertain what kinds and varieties of "vegetables have done best on one's pl<* There Is no doubt that in some districts aud soils certain kinds thrive better than others, and it ia only by testing a few fresh acrts each year that reliable expert- ence -can be gained. It is a mistake to relv altogether upon new or untried varieties of vegetables, but a few ought cer- tainly to be tested each season, j RUSSIAN KALE. j Take this comparatively new vegetable, f&r example. It is not at all well known among altotment-halders, yet it is worth inclusion in a collection of winter greena. The deeply-indented leaves give the plant quite a distinct and ornamental appear- ance. Late in autumn the plant produces a cabbage-like edible centre and in spring &! number of sprouts, thus rendering the Rue- sian kale of two-fold value. I have grown it successfully by following the same methods as are practised in cultivating other winter greens. Seeds are sown in April, and the .seedlings, after havic? been transplanted once, are put out finally in June or July. I SEED POTATOES. The care of seed potatoes during the winter months is a matter of importance. for their successful growth depends largely upon the way they are treated at this! season. It is a mistake to allow the tubers to remain heaped in bags or boxes after Christmas, because they are liable to begin f to sprout prematurely, and if the first sprouts or growths are destroyed the crop is not likely to be satisfactory. The best way to deal with seed potatoes is to lay them out in shallow boxes, placing them with the "rose" end (the end possessing most "eyes") upwards. If kept in a perfectly cool, though frost-proof, place, thev will start mt& growth slowly and sturdily. If no better place oners, a simple plan is to place them I near a room window during the day time. and on a cold night to bring them into the centre of the room, and cover them with newspapers and a rug or mat. Such protec- tion is eumcient to keep them safe from froet. PRIZE-WINNING HINTS. A prize of "Allotment Gardening" is awarded to Mr. J. Moore for thm hint deal- ing with the raising of early peas. We can- not very well have green peas too early in the season, and Mr. Moore's hint will no doubt be followed by many. I 80TTQM OF 80X /lE¿O INPlAcrH11kI r& rap oF ry-- oox 41.-reo o,-w The plan consists in making a box with loose bottom as shown, the bottom being held in position by string. The box is nl!ed with soil and placed in a frame and seeds are sown in January. When the seedlings arc :3in. high the box is placed in a trench and the string cut. The sides of the box arc then lifted off, the loose bottom drawn out, and the soil made firm round the plants. A few boxes nlled in this way would form a nice little row of early peas. I A prixe of "GardeniIl DifReultiea Solved" is awarded to Mr. J. Banks for the follow- ing :âAt this time of the year there is usually a good deal of land vacant, and the opportunity ought to be taken to get rid of slugs and snails. Fork the ground over, breaking itfnp as well as possible, and give a good sprinkling of rough salt; this will improve next season's prospects consider- ably. But it ought to be done without delay. CLUB ROOTS. If a plotholder finds here and there a few plants of cabbage or one of the other greens which is attacked by club root, he should at once take up the infested plants and burti them. He should then carefully take out one or two ppadesfnl of aoil from the spot where the pl&nt was growing and burn that also, nnally giving the soil there a heavy sprinkling of lime. If such precautions are, not taken tite disease will surely spread until it may become impossible to grow greena successfully. PRIZE COMPETITION FOR ALLOT- MENT HOLDERS. Every week two prizes are offered for the best allotment hint or recilm. The prizes consist of useful gardening boolM. All en- tries for this competition unMt be addressed "Spadeworker," care of Editor of thia paper. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. S. E. E.âIf you cannot obtain stable manure for the purpose of making a hotbed on wh!ch to raise seedlings, you will Snd that tree leaves will do quite weil. They do not produce such a hig-h temperature as the manure, but the warmth is more lasting. S. S.âYou cannot do better than <'hoo<se the following potatoes: Witch Rill Seedling. Great Scot. and Eerr's Pinkâearly, second early, and late varieties respectively. "Spadeworker" is open to give practical advice, free of charge, to readers of this paper. Replies will be sent by poet if a stamped addressed envelope ts enclosed. Address your inquiries to "Spadeworker/* care of Editor.

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