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The August Vegetable Garden

August, the month of richest treasure of fruits and flowers, is also in California the month of most important plantings of the delicious strawberry and useful tomato and potato —it being necessary to plant the latter during this month in order to ripen its full-measured crop before the cool nights of December arrive.

We mentioned the needed preparation of the soil for the strawberry, last month, but if the matter had been delayed, the spot where you wish to cultivate the acquaintance of the very best quality of the multitudinous strawberry family can still be made sufficiently rich by using well-rotted manure plowed or spaded in not more than three or four inches, after having plowed the spot deeply before, the object being to have the sub-soil well broken up and the fertilizer not too deep in the soil, as the strawberry is not a deep-rooted plant and is distressed if it has to wait for the elevator to bring its supplies, it wants them near at hand, concealed sufficiently to retain moisture and be a constants source of supply.

For the cool weather months there is no strawberry that has done better than the Saltzer, Brandywine as the later summer cropper, with Lady Thompson, Dunlap, Senator or Klondike as followers.

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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