1 DECEMBER 1928, Page 15


A number of examples: may be added to some of the " little harvests " suggested last week. We are said to spend £100,000 a year on imported Parma violets, though these are grown in perfection in many a country house. They are a very lucrative crop (as are many flowers), and need little capital. I have seen them grown profitably (by two ladies in Berkshire), and should feel inclined to predict prosperity for a new violet farm just started by amateurs in Gloucestershire. Many herbs are beginning to pay a fair return to amateur gardeners ; and there is said to be an opening for a " walking stick farm " as a by-product of forestry. Some London caterers, especially in hotels much favoured by Americans, say there is a fortune for anyone

who will ensure them a good supply of pumpkins ! * * * *