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Non-breeiñg cows are now cured by putting them to work iike osen. Thebe are two sore evils : Too many young men are going to the cities to lind employnient, and too many trampa are seeking tke rural distriots. - Des Moines Register. The blackberry is so healthy and delicious a fruit that no amount of trouble should prevent every well living farmer from liaving a plenty. The Kittatinny ] and Wilson's early are highly mended. A correspondent of the Country Gentleman says that Brownell's Eureka is a poíato that willplease the producer, the aalesman, the cook, and the eater. It is enormously prolific, white in skin and flesh, smootfe surface, and having a fine, dry and delicious flesh. The cultural press will teem with testimoniáis i of this potato within the next two years. Coen-fed hens do not lay in winter, for the simple reason there isn't any albumen material ia the corn. When wheat is fed, there is fat enough in it to supplyall that is needed for the yelk, and gluten enough to make the white, and lime enough to fnrnish the shell ; it does not thus seem difficult to understand why corn-fed hens should not lay, as they do not, and why wheat-fed hens should lay, as they do. I have some snakes and many hedgehogs in the garden ; they are carefully protected, being oi the greatest use in a garden, and doing not the slightsst har in. Snakes should be most carefully preserved. There is a foolish prejudice against them. It is pleasant to see them enjoy life basking in the sun, and it is still more curious in the evening to watch young hedgehogs searching out and feeding on slugs. - London Garde?ier's Chronicle. Ccoumbers ave generally porvitted, or compelled, rather, t grow flat upon the ground, but vines have been trained upon trellises with the very happiest results. Indeed nature never intended the cucumber for a mere surface runo j, else it would not have been provided with grasping tendrils. A low order of trellis, keeping both vine and fruit off the ground, adds largely to the yield and the quality. When spaco is an object a great saving of ground may be accomplished by training upon high trellises. - New England Homestead. Thebe is a vaat difference in the flavor of eggs. Hens fed on clear, sound grain, and kept on a clean grass run, give much flner flavored eggs than hens that have access to stable and manure heaps, and eat all kinds of fllthy food. Hens feeding on flsh and onions flavor their eggs accordir.gly, the same as cows eating onions or cabbage, or drinking oflensive water, imparts a bad taste to the nailk and butter. The richer the food the higher the color of the eggs. Wheat and corn give eggs the best color, while feeding on buckwheat makes i them colorless, rendering them uuflt for j confectionery purposes. A correspondent recommends the followitig mode for making tarrea walks: First gravel the walk in the ordiuary way, but do not give it so thick a coat as usual ; beat well down to make a perfectly smooth and eveu surface, which coat well with tar. When tiiis is done, put the flnal layer of gravel on the top- i three-quarters of an inch to one inch will be quite sufficient, and again beat down, vising the back of a spade for the purpose, 'i'he walk so prepared must not be trodden upon for two or three days, at the end of which time it will have become perfectly hard, and will not be afff-cted by the heaviest f all of rain, i The work must be done in fine weather, I and the plan will be found betler than using cement mixed with the gravel. - English Hechanic. "I think," writes a young farmer, ' ' I have made a mistake in years past in plowing part of my ground betere it really was üt for it. As some of it lies very flat and is not drained, it turna up wet" and clammy, even af ter it looks quite I dry upon the surfaoe. I am thoronghly j satistied that land in that condition does not work as easüy 'or produce as good a erop as it would if dry enough to erurnble when turned by the plow, and I do not propose to plow it so eariy this year as I have in years past. Though it may make the planting of it a little later than usual, I do not think the erop need be later, if by waitiug the ground gefs into better condition for planting I used to 1 think differently. 1 thought the ground dried faster aftel being plowed, and then 1 a little extra liarrowing would nwke it right, but I changed my mini last jear i by ftuding a part of one of those ftelds, whieh w s plowed some days after the other part, bring frwaïd its erop more rapidly than that which was plowed iirst, and which was wet when plowed. 1 hal), therefui'p, begin plowing upon sido hills and upon snob land as I tlunk is drained, eveu if they are not the pieces which I. wish to devote to the earlk-st planted vegetables."


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