14 FEBRUARY 1941, Page 16

In the Garden Many gardeners, like myself, see no practical

purpose in trying to grow mixed borders of flowers and vegetables, but where flower beds are cleared twice a year there is no reason why flowers and vegetables should not be grown as successive crops. Some suggested combinations: Early potatoes (plant March), followed by scarlet salvias (plant June); early carrots (sow March), followed by a late sowing of nernesias (June); early lettuce (March and April), followed by dahlias (plant June); alternating: late tulips, such as the


magnificent Breeder and Mendel types as a change from Damns (plant now), followed by late potatoes, carrots or leeks (early June; spring-sown annuals, of which the varieties are endless (March`, followed by late turnips (August) or spring cabbage (September'. It would be even possible, I think, to plan for three crops. For example: polyanthus (plant now), followed by early potatoes (late April), followed by outdoor chrysanthemums (transplanted from nursery bed in August). Meanwhile spring leaps forward. Snowdrops, crocuses of many species, heaths, aconites, grapt hyacinths, primulac and primroses all bloom. Wild violets emerge from under snow. The temptation to be incautious, to make a sowing of carrots, beans' potatoes, onions and lettuces under glass, should not be resisted. For seeds, capture and save heat in the greenhouse by means of a forcing frame. In this way a temperature of 6o-76 degrees can be easily maintained within a confined area by a minimum expense of fuel H. E. BATES.