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Probably one of the good resolutions made with the New Year was a better garden for the coming summer. The psychologists claim that the only hope for resolutions is to nail them down at the start with an _action_--that seems to have more

effect in making an actual impression on the brain. So start the good work along by sending at once for several of the leading seed catalogues. _Planting Plan_. Make out a list of what you are going to want this year, and then make your Planting Plan. See Chapter IV. _Seeds_. Order your seed. _Do it now_ while the seedsman's stock is full; while he is not rushed; while there is ample time to rectify mistakes if any occur. _Manures_. Altogether too few amateur gardeners realize the great importance of procuring early every pound of manures, of any kind, to be had. It often may be had cheaply at this time of year, and by composting, adding phosphate rock, and several turnings, if you have any place under cover where it can be collected, you can double its value before spring. _Frames_. Even at this season of the year do not fail to air the frames well on warm days. Practically no water will be needed, but if the soil does dry out sufficiently to need it, apply early on a bright morning. _Onions_. It will not be too early, this month, to sow onions for spring transplanting outside. Get a packet each of Prizetaker, Ailsa Craig, Mammoth Silver-skin, or Gigantic Gibraltar. _Lettuce_. Sow lettuce for spring crop under glass or in frames. _Fruit_. This is a good month to prune grapes, currants, gooseberries and peach trees, to avoid the rush that will come later.


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