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Rahmlow, H. J. (ed.) / Wisconsin horticulture
Vol. XXX (September 1939/July-August 1940)

Wisconsin horticulture, vol. 30, no. 9: May, 1940,   pp. [241]-272

Page 266

        May In 
   gonias. The Tuberous Rooted 
 Begonia plants may now be set 
 out in the garden. Set them in the 
 coolest spot you can possibly 
 find. The north side of the house 
 is a good place. Give them plenty 
 of leaf mold or peat moss and 
 keel) them well watered all sum- 
 mer. If they get a little sunshine 
 in the morning and late afternoon 
 they will do best. A great many 
 people are becoming interested 
 in these Begonias and are be- 
 ginning to grow them. 
 Bran for Fertilizer. For the 
 small flower garden we find that 
 wheat bran has become some- 
 what popular as a fertilizer. It 
 contains 212% nitrogen, 3% phos- 
 phate, and 1.5% potash. It also 
 contains 20 parts of Vitamin B, 
 per million. Dig it well into the 
 soil as early as possible this 
 spring because it is slowly avail- 
 able. We recommend it only for 
 the small backyard flower gar- 
 den. Peat moss and mineral com- 
 mercial fertilizers are perhaps 
 best for the larger areas. 
 Preparing the Lawn. Now is a 
 good time to repair bad spots on 
 the lawn. Dig tip the soil, break 
 up lumps, remove stones and pre- 
 pare a fine seed bed. Add a little 
 complete commercial f ertilizer 
 such as 4-8-6. Rake it well into 
 the soil. Then seed the lawn mix- 
 ture which may be Kentucky 
 Blue Grass with some Red Top, 
 for the sunny lawn. Rake it again 
 and firm with a roller or a board. 
 If the weather is dry and the 
 area small, burlap obtained by 
 ripping gunny sacks, spread over 
 the seeding will prevent rapid 
 drying and washing of seed in 
heavy rains. In case of dry weath- 
It's Not a Home Until It's Planted 
er, keep soil well sprinkled. Nev- 
er let it appear dry. Be sure to 
remove the burlap before the 
grass grows through it. 
  A Good Climbing Vine. Mr. J. 
Horace MacFarland recommends 
very highly as a climbing vine 
for our gardens, the climbing 
Hydrangea    (H. petiolaris). It 
clings and creeps and blooms and 
spreads he says, having a sort of 
two-way growth from one part 
of which it sends out great bloom- 
ing branches with year round 
beauty of foliage, flowers, and 
winter twig tracery. It has been 
recommended for trial before. We 
hope more of our members will 
try it. 
     Grow Lilies From Seed 
  Because many lilies have dis- 
eases, especially yellows, and be- 
cause often we get bulbs without 
any root system which do not do 
well, some of our leading gar- 
deners now recommend that lilies 
be grown from seed. While it 
takes a longer time, the results 
are quite satisfactory because we 
then will obtain disease-free va- 
rieties at a much lower cost. Try 
  The duster for disease and in- 
sect control. After many years 
of using the small hand duster for 
controlling both insects and dis- 
eases in our garden, we are more 
than  ever convinced  that the 
small backyard gardener will do 
a better job with a duster than 
with a sprayer. 
  The combination of sulphur 
and rotenone dust, mixed by the 
factory, ready for instant use, is 
the material we use. It comes 
under various trade names such 
as Kolo-Rotenone; Sul-Rote, and 
other brands. Start now by dust- 
ing your garden once each week 
and after every rain. Do not ex- 
pect quick results with insect con- 
trol from rotenone. It sometimes 
takes two days before insects dis- 
appear after a dusting. 
  While rotenone does not con- 
trol all insects, nevertheless it 
May, 1940 

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