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)
3; q -g - 7 :a -. WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SocIEry 51 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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