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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Brown, C. N.
A winter garden for everybody,   pp. 50-52 PDF (726.4 KB)


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days, then bring it into a sunny window, keep it well watered and
you will have parsley all winter long. You will have parsley until
the parsley which you grow from seed the coming season is far
enough along to use. The only difficulty that you will have with
any insect pest is the aphis, and that you can keep down by giving
it a bath of soap suds every two weeks, or whenever the aphis
seemns to be getting the better of the plants. I have two pots of
parsley and leaves enough on it for four families. If any of the
neighbors want to borrow, they know where to come.
The next thing that I will tell you about is rhubarb. In the
fall, after the frost has killed the foliage, dig up a good, big,
thrifty rhubarb plant, put it in a barrel. Dig up a good bit of
dirt with it, enough so that the bottom of the barrel will be pretty
well filled, compact the earth around the roots, so that there will
be no spaces around the roots to dry out. Put that barrel on your
back steps, or in some place where it will freeze good and solid,
and when it is well frozen, which may be probably not earlier
thai the middle of December-but be sure it is well frozen-take
it into your cellar, put it into a warm place, water it thoroughly
and await results. Keep it in the dark; put it in a dark closet or
place where the light will not get to it, and in two or three weeks
it will commence to make growth, and by the first of March you
ought to have stalks a foot to two feet in length. There will be no
particular leaves, but the stalks will be of a very delicate pink
color and when cooked will give you the taste of fresh rhubarb.
There is no difficulty about it. The only thing that you need to
do is to be sure that your plant is well frozen before you bring
it in, that you keep it in a dark place and that you keep it moist.
You can cover it with sawdust or with sand. You do not get
any other result from the sand or sawdust than to keep your
earth moist, which is desirable.            k
Now for chicory. You grow the plants in the ordinary way in
the garden, plant your seed in rows; thin your plants out to about
8 inches apart, and when the frost has killed the foliage, dig up
the plants which will then be like parsnips; cut the roots off to an
even length, about 8 to 10 inches, according to their size, but the
thicker the roots, the longer they will be and the better the results
will be. Put the roots in a barrel, with sand or earth, so that they
will not dry out easily; wet the earth, wet the sand that the roots
are packed in, cover them with 3 or 4 inches of sand or sawdust,


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