This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Your suggestion in the February number -about protecting a tender evergreen leader by fastening to it a slender stick, reminds me of the method by which I renewed the leader of a Cor-sican Pine several years ago. As this tree is very open in growth, the breaking of a shoot leaves quite a gap. I tied a pretty stout stick to the main stem, letting it project about a foot above the point where the leader was broken off. Then I bent up the nearest small limb as far as I dared and tied it to a stick. In a few days I tightened the string and so gradually brought the limb up close to the stick where it remained the rest of the year. Next Spring the stick was removed, the limb remained upright with only a slight crook in its lower part.