Just to Be Different

1.See that the soil doesn't dry out (it seldom does during the winter).
2.Ventilate on warm winter days.
3.Cover it with something like an old blanket on ex tremely cold nights.

There is nothing difficult about this, but it is all necessary, and it is certainly not for the half-hearted.

Pansies from seed, sown in early July, will bloom sparingly all winter in a coldframe except in sub-zero areas. In the spring they will bloom profusely, as early as the baskets of pansies offered for sale by commercial growers.

Poppy-flowered anemones (Anemone coronaria), more commonly seen in florists' windows than in home gardens, will provide the gayest of late winter bouquet material. The tu­berous roots set in a coldframe in August may produce blos­soms by late February, and an abundance all through the very early spring.

7m stylosa, a winter-blooming species, will also bloom in late winter in a coldframe, as will the Christmas rose. And all the early-flowering "little bulbs" mentioned previously, will beat their usual blooming dates when spurred on by coldframe protection.

Occasionally field mice will find in a coldframe a desirable winter home and will cause trouble both by nibbling on young plants and by burrowing under them. A little poisoned "mouse-seed" kept in the coldframe will solve this problem.

The young individualist has quite a choice of unusual things to grow for eating purposes. These are no harder to grow than commonplace edibles. Let him try out some of the following:

Garbanzo beans or chick peas (Cicer arietinum), also called chestnut beans. Often used for turkey stuffing in place of real chestnuts.

West India gherkin (Cucumis anguria), a small prickly cucumber, used for pickling. Grown like any other cucumber.

Citron (Citrullus vulgaris citroides) used for preserves and candied fruit. Grown like cantaloupe.

Ground cherries or husk tomatoes (Physalis pubescens). Grown like tomatoes. Used in preserves, or dried in sugar and substituted for raisins in cookery.

Ground-almonds or chufa (Cyperus esculentus). Flavor resembles coconut. Eaten raw or roasted, or sliced into Chinese dishes.

Vine peach or mango melon (Cucumis melo chito). Used for preserves. Grown like any other melon. (Thought to be the little Queen Anne's pocket melon, popular in olden times for its fragrance.)

Vegetable spaghetti or spaghetti squash (a variety of Cucurbita pepo). Produces a mass of tightly wound spaghetti-like strings in the center. When mature the whole squash is boiled and cut open. Center is removed and mixed with spa­ghetti sauce.

New colors in old flowers are constantly being developed. No longer can it be taken for granted that delphinium is always blue or lily-of-the-valley white. If the home garden hasn't caught up with the new colors that some of the old familiar flowers are wearing, here is an opportunity to plan a child's garden with special color distinction.

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