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The New Zealand Evangelist

Christian Amusements — Notes on Gardening.

Christian Amusements.

Notes on Gardening.


“The Lord God planted a Garden.”—Gen. ii. 8.

The flower garden, in this month, exhibits few embelishments besides the different varieties of the Chrysanthemum Indicum, and those annuals which, with us, by being sown at different periods, produce a succession of common yet gay ornaments to the border All bulbs may now be planted, including tulips and anemonies, together with the whole family of Ensatæ (as Ixia, Gladiolus, &c.) Tulips are usually planted in beds, by themselves: the soil page 360 should be rich, well pulverised, and trenched a “spit,” that is a spade's depth. Seeds of biennial and perennial flowers are much better sown in this month than in the spring; when the heat comes on so rapidly, that they are forced into flower before the stems have gained their full maturity. The roots of the old plants may be divided, as also those of the primrose tribe, like cowslips, polyanthus, &c., which, in this mild humid climate, grow with great rapidity.

Towards the end of this month will be quite soon enough to prune the small fruits, but the exuberant growth of suckers from raspberries, grafted cherries, plums, &c., should be checked by digging round the roots

In the Kitchen Garden, young cauliflower plants, to come in early in the spring, may now be planted: The rows should be three feet asunder, and two feet between each plant. Other species of the cabbage tribe may be treated in the same manner; most of the sorts at present cultivated, particularly in rich soil, require greater room than in England.

Transplanting trees and shrubs had better be left until the next two months.

This month is the best for transplanting strawberries, either as edgings to the borders, or into beds by themselves. As there are several sorts in the colony it is impossible to lay down rules as to distance, treatment, &c., applicable to all; but as all the varieties grow with greater luxuriance here than in England, ample room should be allowed between the rows. The white alpine strawberry, although small, is very delicious in flavour, and has the peculiar advantage of yielding both a spring and autumnal crop now in perfection: this is perhaps the best sort for making edgings, as it does not throw out suckers.

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