Greenhouse And Flower Garden

The majority of plants in the greenhouse or window garden should now be in their finest bloom. Firing may now be entirely dispensed with in the greenhouse, though care must yet be exercised in ventilating in the first part of the month, as we still have cold winds in this section. By the end of the month all of the plants that are wanted for the summer decoration of the flower borders may be planted out. In doing so, when the ball of earth has been completely matted with roots, it will be better to bruise it slightly between the hands, so that the water will pass freely through the "ball," as it often happens that it is so hard and dry as to prevent the water from penetrating it, and the growth is impeded in consequence. Water copiously after planting if the weather is dry. When the greenhouse is not to be used during the summer months, camellias, azaleas, and plants of that character should be set out-doors under partial shade, but most of the other plants usually kept in the greenhouse or window garden in winter, may be set in the open border, where the pots should be plunged to the rim in ashes or sand, keeping them slightly apart from each other, to prevent crowding. Where there are indications that the pot has become filled with roots, the plant should bo shifted into a size larger just as it is done inside the greenhouse; as the plants make growth, they with few exceptions should be pinched back to cause a stout and branching form. Lawns should now be mown and edgings trimmed nicely, and all flower-beds hoed and raked, for if weeds are not kept down as they first appear, treble the labor will be required to eradicate them next month. Annuals that have been sown in the greenhouse or hot-bed may now be planted out, and seeds of such sorts as Mignonette, Sweet Alyssum, Phlox Drummondii, Portu-laca, etc., etc., may be sown in the borders.


Where it has not been convenient before, most of the smaller fruits may yet be planted the first part of the month. Ply the hoe vigorously to keep down weeds. If any of the numerous varieties of caterpillars, slugs, or worms make their appearance on the young shoots of vines or trees, a free application of tobacco dust will dislodge most of them. It is best to use it as a preventive, for if they once get a foothold, the crop may be ruined.

Vegetable Garden

Thin out all crops sown last month, that are now large enough, and hoe deeply all planted crops, such as cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, etc. Plant out all tender vegetables, viz: tomatoes, egg and pepper plants, sweet potatoes, etc. Plant seeds of lima beans, corn, melons, okra, cucumbers, etc., and succession crops of peas, spinach, lettuce, beans, etc.