ATERING established veget
ables is of doubtful vatue Sometimes it pays to water peas and beans; but nothing• short of a deluge is any use. However, at this particular season it is a very gooa thing to ,cater the seedlings of those vegetables we intend to transplant tam. This includes the cabbage tribe.t onions. celety, leeks. to mamas and lettuces. Many ol these little seedlings are parched after a hot day in the sun: they benefit considerably by a good 'watering with tepid wares aloe the sun has gone oil them in the evening. or in the morning. , member that too little water givele in this way is worse than none at all. The roots ol the seedlings arc druwn to the surface in search of sprinkl.ngs of water, only to suffer the full blast of the sunshine late!'
Although many have only recently sown the maincrop greens, there are some of us with seedlings well adoilseed inwarm corners at tinder cloches These must be transplanted as ion as possible isay, when two or three genuine leaves are in evidence) to about three inches apart. and watered well. Asparagus cutting is in full swung. Be careful not to cat any of the younger sticks rising from below. Now is the time to sow seeds for a bed the year after next, The seedlings are no trouble at all to raise in moderate garden soil.
Seedlings in the greenhouse should
le kers hard by thorough ventilation. A brisk atmosphere is the best thing for every plan, except cucumbers, Seed of these and marrows should now be sown. Other seedlings should be well watered regularly, and kept close to the glass.
FRUIT It Oinked now be easy to see this
gear's prospects (barring fiost). The Ministry of Agriculture's frost warnings arc going to he a great help. We should also think a little of next year, ton. We always prune in the winter with a view to the direction the shoots will take Sometimes it does not work out as we planned, because the strongest shoots are not always uppermost. We can avoid having to waste strong shoots at the summer and winter prunings by removing now any which ate going to go wrong.
These remarks apply particularly to the small fruits which are such goldmines of health and delight to our small gardens. Gooseberries waste a lot of energy in producing shoots which we have later to remove. Keep a sufficiency of strong shoots (for these will bear as well as the spurs), and rub out the others Place stones or sticks to guide the sappy shoots rising now from the base of blackcurrants; these are next year's fruit suppliers. RedellTraraS should have every basal shoot removed, as fruit comes only en spurs. Thin out the basal shoots of loganberries to about four per plant. Tie them in as soon as possible.