Pukapuka 4, Nama 14

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TE WANANGA. ka mahia i te wa e ua ana ka pa te mate waikura ki te rau o te tupeka, a ma taua mate ka tino he ai te maria tupeka.

TOBACCO CULTURE. As soon as the young plants are well established in the field every attention should be given to loosening the soil, and keeping down the weeds. Experience has proved that only soil that is open and free from weeds will fully develop the plants. Loosening and stirring the soil from time to time is therefore not only beneficial but necessary, especially where the soil is hardened by heavy rains, or a crust has formed through other influences when weeds appear. The soil must never be worked while wet. Where help is plenty it is better to dispense with all horse work. The plants can be put closer together, a large crop is gained, less damage is done to the plants, and iu closing up the accounts the cultivator with manual labour will not be the loser. Care must always be taken not to damage the roots, and at the second, and especially the third hoeing, the soil must be drawn towards the plants, partly to protect them against storms and give them a stronger hold, and partly to absorb excessive moisture. The tobacco having got up ten or twelve inches high, look out for the green worm, which eats the leaves. They are often found earlier. You will see a small round hole, oftimes no larger than a pin-hole, in the leaf: if you turn it up you will be very apt to S discover on the under side a small worm of the dia- meter of a common thread needle. and half an inch in length ; kill him, and all his kind, for if left he will grow to the size and length of your finger. an E MEA ana a Te Hata te Mema o te Paremata, i ana korero i kauhau ai ki nga Pakeha i Poneke i tera