Salsify is grown for its tap roots, which are cooked and served like carrots and parsnips. The cultivation is the same as for parsnips (which see). The best known variety is the Mammoth Sandwich Island.
The home idea can also be accentuated by the use of vines. On brick and stone work, nothing is so satisfactory as Boston ivy. It requires no supports, since it clings to the bricks. Contrary to the popular belief, ivies which cling in this way do not produce dampness in the house ; they draw […]
Plow deeply, harrow deeply, and cultivate shallow. That is the keynote to success,” says W. H. Riddle of Baltimore county, Maryland, “in raising any crop where the ground should be plowed. The deeper the plowing, the larger the bed to hold the rains as they fall. The deep plowing, say, 8 to 10 inches, prevents […]
The seed of this plant is sown earlier than tomato seed, because the seedlings are rather slow growing. Usually it is started in the hotbed or green-house and planted 2 feet apart in rows 3 feet apart after the ground is thoroughly warm in the latter part of May or early June. Fruit can be […]
Mustard is a quick-growing salad which may be ready for the table within three weeks of sowing. It is managed precisely the same as garden cress, or peppergrass.
Endive is used as a salad during the late fall and winter. It resembles dandelion in habit and growth and has a similar bitter taste. It is sown and man-aged in the same way as lettuce. For early summer use the seed is planted in the spring and for late use in July. Usually the […]
Okra is cultivated for its green pods or its immature seeds. The former are sliced and used in soups; the latter are cooked like peas. It is largely grown in the south, where the seed is planted 2 inches apart, in rows about 2 feet apart, in rich warm soil, at the same time the […]
Garlic is grown for the ” cloves ” or little bulbs which form a head at the top of the stems. These are inclosed in a white or rose-colored skin. These cloves are planted in early spring like onion sets. Good rich soil is essential. After the heads are well formed these are gathered with […]
As to growing onions for market, Henry Price of Hardin county, Ohio, says ” I like loam or muck soil best for onions. On hard ground, the crop is uncertain. This type f soil dries out so easily that the ground gets hard, and when you weed the land the weeds break off instead of […]
The ground cherry resembles the tomato in many respects, but bears its small, cherry-like fruit in a husk. The fruits are used for preserves and sauces. When once planted, the plants usually supply abundant seedlings for years after so that seed need not be bought more than once. The plant never becomes a pest, since […]