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Turn the wash from tlie public roads ] into the fields where it can be made to i spread over and fertilize as much surface as possible. Scattbr ycrar coal ashes under the plum and cherry trees from two to three j inches thick and as far out as the limbs extend, and you will find it a great preventive to the ravages of the curculio. Also, mulch the currant and gooseberries heavy with it. Dbath to cattle is of ten caused by dry leaves, husks and stalks of the cornfleld, eaten in immoderate quantities. As long as corn is found on the stalks in the flelds in considerable quantities or is fed daily, there is no danger, since this produces proper secretion and keeps the alimentary canal moving. Plenty of water is also a safeguard. Poumrx. - It is now time to set hens for early chickens. Warm corners in the stables or barns may be appropriated for this purpose wñere the other poultry are not permitted to go. The nest box may be carried there quietly at night and the hen left undisturbed. The advantage of having loose nest boxes is, that the box and the occupant may be removed to wherever it is to remain. Don't Piok Over Apples.- A correspondent of the Country Gentleman says: " We are never too oíd to learn. For year3 I practiced picking aU my apples two or three times during the winter, and flattered myself that I was very discreet in so doing. Last year I had a good many, and grew slack in my duty, being very busy about many things, and never touched them ouly as we used them. They kept until July, and were in splendid order. " Water in Winter.- Oowsgiving milk need aa abundance of water. The dry hay usually given afi'ords little material for milk, and even with abundance of roots, unless water is placed within easy I reach, cows will tend to fatten rather ! than to milk production. A great difiiculty in cold weather is in having water so far from the yard that cows will suffer I long before going from comfortable quarters to reach it. Whenever possible a cistern should be constructed under the barn or under ground to hold water for stock. Compare Notes.- The object of farming is proflt. Whatever does not conduce to this is of no account ; and the art of agriculture resolves itself into the one question, what will pay best? The experience of a single individual upon a single farm is not sufficient to settle the principies of practice. There are no two farms precisely alike, and what would ' be a good system to practice upon one, ! might be exceedingly bad upon the ! other ; theref ore, we cannot take the experience of a single individual upon a single farm, but the safe guide is the united experience of all who have been intelligent observers. - Union Agriculturist. Good Garden Walks.- Dig out the soil the width of the walk, and to a depth of about two and a half feet. At this begin by laying a foundation layer of large stones, fitted closely together. A second layer, smaller in size, should follow the first, and so on, laying each sucj ceeding layer of stones smaller in size than the preceding one, until the space is fllled nearly level with the STirrounding surface. A top coating of coarse einders, and these covered with a few inches in depth of gravel and fine sand, will complete the job, and will give a substantial walk, Jhat will always be dry under foot. It will improve the walk and the uppearance at the same time, ïf the clinkers and the sand on the top are rolled down finnly ; and in the course of a week or two, when the material settles, it may be found necessary to add some more gravel and saud, to even the surface. - Seribner. We never knew a farmer to take an ax or a beetle and go round and break a wheel here and knook in a brace there, and crack this section and clip that one, aniong his farm machines, wagons, and implements - that is, unless he was drank ! But some of theru - pretty good farmers, too, iu most things - get abo % the same results in a roundabout way. They stow the mowing machine in a leaky shed, where it is used as a turkey roost, the lighter instniments are stowed away where the cattle knock them down and break them; the oarriage and harness are kept where the stable fumes spoil the varnish; and a general süpshod style knocks off flfty per cent. f rom tfye value of the farming cquipment. Xfte farmer who " keeps things ship-shape " is generally the thriving man. " Downat- the-heelativeness" will spread the blank-frost of a mortgage over a farm


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