19 JULY 1940, Page 13

In the Garden July is an excellent month for the

sowing and planting of certain winter crops, the value of which is now so enormously increased. A new garden, a vacant piece of ground, a plot cleared of earlier crops—all these can now be filled with vegetables whose season of use extends from September to spring. White and swede turnips, carrots of the shorthorn type, perpetual spinach (excellent as a soup if you do not like it otherwise), beetroot, leeks (almost the only unprotected vegetable to survive the 40° of February frost), celery, Savoy cabbage, endive and lettuce may all be sown or planted now. Kale of the asparagus variety should be sown in rows and later thinned, but not transplanted. A late sowing of French' beans, among which Mont d'or is, in colour and taste, deliciously buttery, is still possible. Of unusual green vegetables it is perhaps not too late to try a planting of thou de Burchley, said to have the virtues pf both cabbage and cauliflower ; petsai, the Chinese or celery cabbage, recommended for ordinary cook- ing purposes or winter salads ; broccoli of the perennial bouquet variety. As a supplement to all this, the value of a good deep garden frame cannot be over-estimated. H. E. BATES.