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The Amateur's Small Fruit Garden men THE SEMI-MONTHLY MAGAZINE SECTION A SIX Y Ii A R STRAWBERRY BHD: No pirili-ii is too Miiiiill for a striiuliprr.v bod ami no product of the pirdi'ii will jrivt' nioiv ssit ist'iic t ion. Many amateurs do not realize that it is impossible to lmv berries in the market like those one ean laise at home. Ntrnwlierries should be picked with the dew on them, to be at their best. Furthermore, the berries that hae the tinest llavor will not stand shipment, and so aro nut j,tomi by the commercial strawberry man. It is quite possible to fruit a little lied in the garden for at least six years. A piece of land that has been cultivated for several years should be chosen, Item use Mid ground contains too many rubs and is not easj to work. It should be made fine and smooth and the plants should be set a foot apait, in rows two and a half feet apart. They may be planted from Match to .luue. The best plan is to mark the row with u line, then to scoop out a little hole lare enough to hold the roots when spread out. If the plant is held be tween the thuniji and second linger just below the lenes, it may be twirled rapidly, thereby opening up the roots If the season is at all dry, it is well to pour water on the roots Ix'fore an dirt is thrown in and then to fill the hole and pack the earth solidly around the plant, so solidly that if a leaf is pulled it will break oil" before the roots yield. As the plants como up, they should be allowed to grow together in the row, but must be religiously kept from spread ing to the sides. Likewise, the blossoms must be kept picked the first season, so that the plants may get well established. Cultivate for a few minutes once a week, to keep the bed free from weeds and to loosen the soil. After the first few weeks the hoe must bo kept very near tho surface; if it goes below two inches, it will be likely to injure the roots. Usually, there is not much need of cultivation after the first of September, until just before time for tho ground to freeze. It should then be thoroughly luosened and pulverized with tho hoe and covered with a mulch of hay, straw, leaves or cornstalks. Two inches is deep enough, the purpose being to prevent the plants being heaved out of tho ground by tho action of the frost. In the spring, the hay or straw may be raked between tho rows and nround tho plants in such a way as to keep tho berries from becoming covered with dirt. The third year the bed should be re newed by making the soil between tho rows very fine and starting new plants in tho middle of each row, from selected runners. The following year, the old bed may be plowed or dug up after it has produced what berries it will. It is impossible to givo any satisfac tory advice about varieties, for straw berries aro exceedingly whimsical. There is no garden in which some variety will not grow, and probably no garden in which every sort will grow. The best plan is to learn from an experienced grower in your section what kinds thrive there. It is also well to have an early mid a late anet in order to insure a lung season. In this connect inn. remem her that some nrictic aie impcrtei t and will not set fruit unless there is n perfect variety near to polleui.e them. Those marked in the catalogue Minimi ale are perfect or self fertilizing; those termed Pistillate must be gtouu with .1 perfect variety near lei. Of late years, there has been nun h interest shown in fall bearing straw bei ties, which makes it possible for one to have strawberries from his own garden practically all summer. These remarkable berries will sometimes fruit even up to December, in spite of frosts. Moreoei. spring-set plants will give a crop of ber ries the same season. Ordinarily, these strawberry plants give a scattering crop all through the season; but in order to lime a lot ot berries when berries are scatce, the (lowers should be picked tip lo the first of August. About four weeks later, then will Ih a full clop of fruit and , the plants will continue to bear until the end of the season. The berries aie huge and excellent in llavor. RASPBERRIES AND CUR LV RANTS: It is a very small garden indeed in which a place can not be found for a few raspberry and currant I bushes say, a dozen of each. Both are easy to grow and there is now an ever-bearing raspberry, so called, which may be depended upon to yield fruit for three months. And currants, unlike most small fruit, may be allowed to hang on the bushes a long time after they ripen. Tho red and the purple rnsplierries both should find a place in the home garden; while the former are unexcelled for the table, the purple varieties are superior for canning. The Black Caps may be grown, too, if theie is loom in plenty. Some people think they make the best pies. Itaspberry plants should be set out just as early as possible in the spring, and sharply cut back. The eer-bearing 1 variety will produce some fruit the first season. It is best to set raspberry plants about two feet apart in the home garden, with six feet between the rows, if double rows are planted. Hvery spring the shoots should be cut back ono-third, and after the fruiting season is over, the old wood should be cut out. Many new shoots will come up and a large propor- i tion of them are best removed. ' The fruit produced next season will I come on the canes grown this year and these canes will then die. That is tho reason for cutting out all the old wood each summer; and if done without de lay, any insects or fungi that the wood 1 may bo harboring can Ix? destroyed by burning. If more plants are needed, it is necessary only to dig up soino of the new shoots either in tho fall or spring. There will be no need of buying plants after tho first purchase. Blackberries may be treated in tho same manner as raspberries, but need more room. I Currants differ somewhat from rasp berries, bearing their fruit on tho same ! wood for several years. Nevertheless, all Continued on Page 16) Annual J9J3 W, 'ATi,r.E DuRPtE iV Co PHiifMitLriiiA Reduced Facsimile Front Cover of Our Silent Salesman BURPEE'S SEEDS Ti IAT GKOW" arc supplied each season direct to many more planters than are the seeds of any other brand. HUKPl.E'S SEEDS are known the world over asthe best it is possible to producet and are acknowledged the American Stand ard of Excellence. Progressive planters everywhere are satisfied with the Vegetables and Mowers resulting from Hurpee Quality Seeds, grown according to the clear infor mation freely given in the Uurpec Ieal1ets. In thirty-six years of successful seed selling we have introduced more Novelties that are now in general cultivation than have any three other firms. We produce Selected Stocks ujxm our own seed farms in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California, while FORDHOOK FARMS are famous ns the largest trial grounds in America. No Government Experi mental Station attempts such complete trials each season, and the information here obtained is of incal culable benefit to planters everywhere. Each season we travel more than thirty thousand miles to personally inspect our growing crops and vet never travel a single mile to solicit an order t we ask, however, that you allow our SILENT SAI. IO NIAN to have your careful attention in the quiet of your own home. Simply send us your address plainly written and kindly state where you saw this advertisement. 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Six "Superb Spencers" P OC fln we will mail one fiftcrn-t rut rur 0 VIS. p.ut. r.uh uf 1 ii'Kiha 1'i.ah s N, tin uiiuiue ih'W lijht pink, uf huj;t' size shown ill . uliUfil MU 1'llllMAS Si V I'NMiN, tin- Inten-c 11. iiinnj; m.uiKi', -Ikimi Hi i i 11, n. h lil.it. Ilusluilwitli innk,- alstintie ii'KUlar ten i ml it.u krt null o Kin 1 lUVAKii SritNCi K, Intense, nlis.v, laiimiir si ar U't, Mrs. 1 1 i'cii Picksun, mil pinkish iiptuut nil ciiMin, also oir' l.uje pai kct (So lo tfo srcils) of Th N. wBurpee-Hlend of SurpmciiiKljr Superb Spencrrs for H113. whu li is alHolutrlv unsijUdleit. Willi ;i. h lolli'itioii we iiulose our l-i-alkt on eultutc. "LJ 1'un h.isnl separatclv, thi'ie woulil cost 75 cts , hut .ill six p.u kcts will he mailed for only 25 eta. Six "Superfine Spencers" P,, O C Of- will mail one iej;ular teiw ent r Ui fcf VIS. ,. Ui tea. hot Amkkk aSI'KM I k, hunhlly stinii'd tannine it'll nn white, Consi am K OilM K. tit 11 lose pink on cteatn, I.TIIHL Koosii VMT, sott prl11110.se ll.tketl Willi hlush-ri iiusdii. -I'l.tiKhM K Nit. in ini.ai n, the largest ami hest lav enilrr, -t ihiiKuh Miikni RT. IiukIH nise-cainiine. anil Hi Ri'i K's WlilTIt Sl'l Nii'K, the hest jjiant white. Willi eath lollcitHiii we einlose I eallet on cultuie, Xv't-'hoiecst seeil jrowu hy iurselves at I'lotatlalc. Six "Standard Spencers" P, Of fta we will mail onereeulartcn-crnt ror ''J Vlo. pat Let each of Kh-sM.1t111.11 Cut'NTKss Sri'M i R, the favorite soft tose-piuL Hi Ki'i K's Daimv hi'i'M ItR, heautilul pirotce-etlnetl pink on white,-Cli Ains Ili'Ki, new hne,ht iieam- llllk, llURI'KK'S OlMlLlO Kl'liNt llll, lit ll lllll lliaioun, Ill'RPl' K'S Ol HUN VlfUlRIA Sl'HMIR, primrose, slightly fluslicil with rose. V. T. 1 1 1 1 chins, aprirot, overl.ml with hliish-pink. These six packets will he mailetl (with Leullel) for only 25ct, P, CA CtB we will mail any two of alnive roi aJ Vla. colltctions anil cue free a It'KUlar fifteen cent patket of our lovely novelty for 11113, Charm, shown 011 coloretl plate in cataloK- P fin we will mall all three collections I Ur tpj.UU as olleretl ahove anil alio one fiftetn-ctnt patket each 0 the lovely new 1 harm, the iiitlescent Vi'Kmiimn Hrii.liant, the mw 1U TL1.X SrUM'itR anil the oranee Kari Si'I-nu r Iheseare all p.u kt tl in a pastelioaril hox together with our Lealltt on 1 ultuie. I?This is the Kiratest offer yet matle niul could not he iluphiatt'il anywhcie else in the woild. Twenty-two Tested Spencer "f Flyett Floratlalo Stocks for a Dollar. Seeds for Children's Gardens Do NOT Forget the Children ! Msnv would tnti)tlrss HVit tn 'linv a mtiniiti'" of JuhL what hu aru Juini;; tliertfore, ho olfer a pimh-IhI Ready-Made Collection Y? OC? fM. we wl11 mU on "Chtl VlS. tlren's Tacket" eaeh ot -w.ws semilltt jttantking Atttrt- Jmptrial ftntaurea. Fordhook yivvrtt IHanthut, Yaritgattd Tall Vf en Xatturtium, Imptrtt fcrmiirt J'untitt, - f'ordhwk I'htox ttrummondil.- fturytt m tiuirrb Aj-encrr Jiuttt J'ta til Inequaled Mlxturit aa irrown Ii us in ('alifuriila. W"rif"i t'olumhitt Htt,iiurpr' tittldtn ftttHtiim iuftt t "rn Hurjt J rt berg Lettuce H'Aifs lad An7i Hnt Chalk' ICartg Jttl Tomato tnirether with the unk "blj. (Ultlrs rjim KV4U- F01 ks.m Five uf tbi KO collectiurt" (wltli live KhiLs) will im' mailiMl forSl.Ouand h nt to tlte s taratiMMniNes, If so i)lnetel. To eaeh atMrrss we will mail alo a freo py of TK UlTirFKNt'Al, roil 1J1J, if requeetwl on onler. sPFPI A T Kvi-none li semis an onler for two or OlTl-wIrl- more eolleeltons of tli tw'tve inirkels of seeds for the t'hlltln n'H (ianlens a adterturd at Cvttvnt of Jlr,t cvtumn and meniinnH TIIK OAltttKN ANNl'Al Mill receive KHKK a full 1ct) ct'iit arkt't of th wnndi-rful New tirMsof tttnorphuihet a Aurantincn astdiowii (vtlntiil frmn riaturt.' on 111 of Hi uI'Kk'h Anni'ai, roit 1113 Thlsrn-w hhrl(t strain of tin tiioxLattraitti Annual Afrlran Daisy is tht treat nt KuroNaii Novelty for eara. (tj uahttd, N sun to a or Burpee's Annual for 1913 The Leading American Seed Catalog, Mailed Freu to Planter Everywhere WA .1 r or Burpee Buildings . Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelphia Largest Mail-Order Seed House An eajy way to protect fruit and vegetabtet under mutlin Every time )ou auk fur udvrrtlaeU Kouda Jou lmproir the worhl'H lltrrulurr.