the garden digging is complete, it is a good plan to have a general clean-up before the real Spring work begins out-of-doors. Fences and hedge-bo:toms should be cleared or rubbish and dead leaves, paths cleane I. shrubberies raked out and all those hidey-holes behind sheds and coal bunkers well cleaned out. Burn all sticks and woody rubbish and store the valuable ash in a damp-proof place.
Greenhouses. too, should be cleaned. especially the wood of window panes. and corners where insects may still be hibernating. Guard against "stagnation" in a greenhouse.
It L teMpting to leave some plants there all the year round. and when this happens leaves and rubbish are bound to accumulate and this so often spells mildew to surrounding plants. Never treat a greenhouse as a place for. storing odd plants. and on mild days see that as much air as possible is allowed to circulate through it.
Coal and wood sheds often harbour the Larvae of the cabbage white butterfly; they can be found under the roofs or behind doors and windows, and destroyed before they are able to ,hatch out and do their summer's worth of damage among the cabbages.
Tools should be gone through now. and small folks, trowels shears etc . that may have suffered from winter damp, rubbed over with emery paper and then with an oily rag. Tools in use should always be kept clean. It save a lot of timeas well as later expenseif spades and forks are always well , cleaned before being put away. J.H.