Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin
Hepler, J. R.
Wisconsin bankers' farm bulletin. Bulletin 45: that vegetable garden PDF (1.0 MB)
turned under. Frequent and thorough diskings of the soil before planting will aid greatly in controlling weeds and will provide a better seed bed for the vegetables. After plant- ing, the garden should be cultivated often enough to keep down the weeds and prevent a crust from forming on the surface of the soil. Advance the Season by Using a Hotbed Use a hotbed for starting plants such as early cabbage, tomatoes, eggplant, pepper and head lettuce which do not have time to mature properly if started outdoors. The hot- bed should be located on the south side of a building where it will get the full benefit of the sun's rays and the protec- tion afforded by the building. Dig the pit two feet deep, and make the frame of one and one-half inch boards. The frame should be twelve inches high on the north side and six on the south. The standard width of a hotbed is six feet, while its length depends on the number of sash available. Fill the pit with fresh horse manure which has begun to heat evenly. Pack the manure well, especially around the edge of the pit, and put four inches of rich garden loam on top. In about three days the temperature will have dropped sufficiently so that the bed will be ready for the seed. Sow it in rows three inches apart. The seed should be started about March 10. Transplant the seedlings at least once before planting them in the garden. Plant Seed That Grows The seed used in the garden and in the hotbed should be of the best and should be purchased from a reliable seed firm. If the seed is bought from the grocery store, insist upon getting seed that is fresh and will grow. Some of our vegetable seed, such as tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumbers and muskmelons can easily be grown at home. Care must be taken, however, that the seed is selected from the best plants and that the varieties do not cross. Avoid Untested Varieties For the home garden, choose standard varieties rather than freaks or novelties. They should be of the highest quality and should be so selected that they will maturf throughout the whole season. Usually two or three varietieu are sufficient. For example, Jersey Wakefield, Succession and Danish Ballhead form a succession of high class varieties of cabbage that cover the whole season. An early and a late variety, such as Bonny Best and Stone, are sufficient for tomatoes. The earliest planting in the garden includes the hardier vegetables such as radish, peas, lettuce, spinach, early turnip ondl AAT;n-A -wes a nu asn an aus the ground is fit to work &LIU ULUIJIM? Ck"" - ____ - ____ __ ___ __ - -
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