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The Seasonal Changes Going Into Summer

Before the war, going for the mail was a task accomplished with a minimum of effort by jumping into the rural jeep which we like to call the station wagon, and buzzing out the river road to the highway. After it became necessary to conserve our precious gasoline supply, it was decided that someone should walk to the mail box, so I was elected with only one dissenting vote. It didn’t take long, you may be sure, for me to go by way of the lane a walk of half a mile instead of the’ longer -way along the river road. Each. day this task becomes dearer to me and not for worlds would I pass it on to anyone else.

It was early spring when I started my job. Along the lane, violets and spring beauties nodded and from the branches of the bare trees I was greeted by a Glee Club of bird voices.

The bright days tumbled headlong into early summer. Glass was unbelievably green and soft. Cardinals and red-winged blackbirds darted here and there among the wild grape vines. On the weathered old fence. vetch affectionately .clambered and . proudly displayed delicate pink and lavender blossoms. From the field beyond came a Biblical fragrance of freshly plowed earth. My cup was full when from a small glade carpeted in wild geranium, a flock of bluebirds rope and few all around me, their heavenly blue feathers shimmering.

Later in the summer, the air lay heavy and still’ n my lane. Lazy butterflies floated across the landscape and once, when I was out a little earlier than usual, I Saw a mother skunk marshalling five cute- babies through the star grass to safety.

My feet walked a carpet of dewy diamonds set with many colored stones, some of which I carried home to use in nooks of the rock garden.

Autumn rains brought mud to the trail, but the smilax held high its globes of purplish black berries and bittersweet replaced’ the vetch as a cape over the shoulders of the old fence. Goldenrod and purple asters foamed in the fence corners, and it the field, drying corn and rotund pumpkins flashed me a warning that the year was growing old.

 

Safe Keeping Of Vegetable Plants While Growing

When growing vegetables from seeds and the new plants poke their head out of the soil, transformation begins.

The energy required for this process in the leafy laboratory comes from sunlight. That is why your vegetable plot should be in a sunny position and why plants do not thrive in shade. The rows should be arranged to run north and south in order to get as much sunlight as possible, and they should he planned so that tall-growing plants such as corn and tomatoes (when staked) do not cast shadows on lower-growing plants.

For this reason, these are usually planted at the back of a vegetable plot. Plants should be spaced widely enough to allow the leaves full room to catch the light. This illustrates the importance of making a Orden plan as your first step of the season. It not only assures growing the different vegetables in their best locations, but it helps to prevent the all too common mistake of attempting to grow far more than the household requires.

Root Growth

The rootlet that has come from the seed pushes its way downward. It may develop into a large tap root for food storage, as in carrots or turnips, which if left to themselves store food in one season and spring up from this in the next to complete their life cycle by seed bearing, or the rootlet may fork and re-fork to produce a system of spreading roots.

The power of roots is almost proverbial, but a little rootlet has small chance against a hard and impenetrable soil; it will make much better progress in a smooth bed of fine and even texture from which stones have been removed. A carrot rootlet meeting a stone is likely to fork around it. If your soil is both deep and smooth, you can grow the desirable long, slender type of carrot, but. if it is too stony to be completely cleared you must he content with the short, stumpy type such as Oxheart.