The compost to be one part turfy loam, one part peat or leaf mould, and one part rotten horsedung.
The earth must be composed of one half common soil, one fourth leaf mould, and one fourth sand.
It will be found that the leaf mould will smoke and burn, and will diminish in amount, while the sand and clay will not.
Plant this in September, in a soil, composed of two thirds common earth, and one third leaf mould.
Examine the sand, clay and leaf mould, comparing them as to color; are they light or dark, are they moist or not?
leaf mould is splendid stuff, but it takes a long time for the leaves to get mouldy, and it takes a great many, too.
The soil should be a mixture of one-half good sandy loam, one-fourth leaf mould or muck that has been left out all winter.
Take some forty-eight size pots, and mix a quantity of leaf mould with a sixth proportion of road sand, not sifted fine.
They are redolent of the soil, of leaf mould, of the good brown earth.
If the soil is of a strong loamy nature, add some leaf mould or rotten dung to it, and mix it up well together.