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Falling Leaves

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" Loaves have tbeir time to fall," but they ure only a nui8ance if left in the yards and on the sidewalks ; but when gathered dry, and stored in the barn or ahed, they add greatly to the value of the maiiure pile tor the gardens in the spring. A litter of leaves in the horse stalls is more dusirable thaa one of straw, tor it can ba renewed without the neoessity of oieiuing ouc the stall more than twice or thnce a week. Besides, the leaves absorb the amiuonia more rapidly than straw, and can be more thoroughly worked over and trodden into it; and they also make the manure of muoh more value tor flower gardens, as they are particularly rich in phosphoric acid, which is, next to atnmonia, the most highly treasured constituent of plant growth. Apply a bed of leaves plentifully arouud the roots of your vines, shrubs, roses, and all flowering trees, then throw a shovel of ruanure over thera, and the next spring will show how beneficial is their effect. Aside irom the practical use of leaves, a due regard to appearances should prompt us to gather them up from the door-yards and lawns, and put theta in soiue place where they will not lie around loosely. Dame Nature ought to have an attic in which to put away her cast off clothing, and not iet the aututn wind's scatter them broadcaBt ; but she prefers that we should do her house cleaning for her, and so we should uttend attend to it directlv and reap the bennfits of our labors in another season. Pile them in one corner of the garden or yard if there is nu cow or horse to use them. Cover them with a layer of earth and turn all the house Blops upon them and another spring you will have a good supply of fertilizing material for your flower garden. Save the brightest and fairest, however, to adorn your sitling-room. Ours is already brilliant and beautiful with them. -


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Michigan Argus