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I POTATO POINTS. I HINTS TO SWANSEA ALLOTMENT MEN. -i I USEFUL WRINKLES FOR PLANTERS. Allotment holders turned up in force at Friday evening's iectare at the Swansea Public Library by Mr. A. K. Drummoiid, who for over an hour dilated on the cultiva- tion of the 'homely spud" in a practical way, And even then admitted that he had not- exhausted his subject. Counci lor J. H. Lee .(chairman of the Parks and Open Spa.cea Committee) presided. Mr. Drummond said that the war, hor- rible as it was, would leave behind it many useful lessons. especially in regard to the cultivation of the land. and so they would get back to the land they had &o long neglected. ?Hear, hear.) The potato .could be grown and made productive by any person who had a small garden or allot- ment. There were 7C0 known varieties of the potato family, but only six were tuber bearing. Pot itoes from seed and from seed potatoes wert; quite distinct, and the iec- turer by means of lantern slides explained the difference. Practic-al men recom- mended seed potatoes of about the si ée of an egg as the best, and Mr. Dnmmoad em- pha,s,ed the importance of careful selection. As a rule the round potato belonged to the late variety, and the kidney or oval ones to t,he earlier ort. Large seed potatoes oouid be sliced, but care should be taiken that sufficient bodv M left to protect the eye. He recommended cutting such i>otatoes lengthwise. The strongest growth of the tuber was from the nose, and as to cutting out the eyes lor planting, Mr. Dru-niioiid said that it was possible, but unless people had the facilities in the shape of hot-beds, greenhouses, frames, etc., it was impracticable, and the best, plan was to leave the practice alone. Generally speaking, the best quality pota- toes were grown in the open field, and he felt that at the present time the farmer who could grow sufficient for the needs of a nation needed much more encouragement than he got. (Hear, hear.) The Swansea Corporation had, however, provided nu- merous allotments, and they were under the splendid supervision of the Allotments Com- mittee. whilst he DID NOT THTNK THERE WAS BETTER LAND. I iA the country for potato growing Si pos- sible permanent allotments should be se- cured. so that the work might be continued from year to year with increasing satisfac- tion. Holders should provide tnemselves with a pair of clogs and a mackin- tosh, as personal health was the first consideration and the chief tool was the spade. The provision of fchooi gardens needed encouragement in Swansea, as practical gardening wAs as useful as physical culture or scientific botany. Orgnnie manures were the best when ob- tainable, and he suggested three loads with 3cwts. of superphosphates, or basic slilg to escii 10 perch piot, whilst the quantity jf lime should be from two to four bushels if the land was sleepy" or heavy. Potato*? should be planted about 2ft. apart, arId if the drills were made 21ft. apart cabbage could be interplanted, and thus provide an additional crop -after the potatoes 'Cre I dug. Disease needed wat-chuig an? treat- ment. These were amongst many practical sugge"tions made, and in the course of the lecture Mr. Diummond paid Mr. James Harris, of the Blackpill Nurseries, the com- pliment of saying that he had produced the Sir John and Lady Llewelyn varieties, which were remarkable for their cropping properties, and ranked amongst the readiest sought n fter in commerce. Mr. Drummond was heartily thanked for his timely lecture. ——————————————

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