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When Mother Lets Us Garden

When Mother Lets Us Garden

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In March or

early April as soon as

you can,

sow the seed in a row in the seed-bed, cover it

up

about a

quarter of an inch, press down and water

well.

When the little

pansies are

up, they must be

transplanted, and when they grow big again so
that

they touch each other, they must be moved

again, but the next

moving-time should be to the

beds in the

garden where

they are to

grow.

Pansies have a

great many pretty names

' '

Heart's-ease,

' '

"That's-f

or-thoughts

"

; the

very

small ones are called "

Johnny-jump-ups" and

the Germans call the

pansy "

little

step-mother"

because the three

big petals are like its own chil-

dren, while the two little

petals are the

step-chil-

dren which it crowds out. But for all their

pretty names, they are like the

people who live

in hotels and don't mind

any; amount of moving

about.

Another time to

plant pansy-seed is in

July

or

early August. Plant it in

just the same way,

only in November cover the little

plants with

manure and straw what is called "

stable-lit-

ter," to

keep them warm for the winter.
[When you take this off in March you may find

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the little

pansies blooming sometimes under the

snow.

In

July or

early August, just as

you planted

the

pansies, you can sow seeds of sweet William,

hollyhocks, larkspur, Canterbury bells, forget-
me-nots. These will not bloom until next

year

but

by October

you will have nice

young plants

with which you can

supply your long-suffering

parents.

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