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"" V4A1 L', On IV ÍO LLaiWiLiJ 1UUUU UiHAUI old wood-piles, is always worth spreading upon cultivated fields, or if shoveled over and dried, and freed from coarse material, makes a valuable absorbent for the atables. How are the cellars - have they been cleared of vegetables and all rubbish, sueh as boards, barrels and boxcs? The health of the household depends mucli on having pure air underneath the rooms, - Detroit Tribune. A correspondent of the Ohio Farmer states that he kept a plum tree from curculios by sprinkling the ground under the tree with corn meal. This induced the chickens to scratoh and searoh. The meal was strewn every morning from the time the trees blossomed, until the fruit was largo enough to be out of danger. The cousequence was that fowls picked up the curculios with the meal, and the tree, being saved from the presence of the insects was wonderfully fruitful. The introduction witbin the last few years of improved dryingmachines has given Ímpetus to branches of farming long neglected. Pumpkins well dried and packed bring a good price, and corn-ñelds will this season have the oldfashioned look as to vines and pumpkins. The ease with whioh corn is dried for market, with the improved appli anees, turns attention to sweet cora as a profltable erop, and much more of this will be planted than in previous years. - Chicago Tribune. Should wasps or robber bees attack a hive, the only plan is to narro w the entrance, so that only one or two bees can pass at the same time; this enables them the better to defend their gates and generally to hold their own against all invaders. A very simple and easy plan of doing this is to satúrate a piece of woolen rag with spirite of turpentine, and put it into the entrance of the nest; Leave it there for the night and the next morning every wasp will be dead. A trasp's nest, when removed unbroken, is very extraordinary and beamtiful inits construction, and a curiosity quite worthy of preservation. It is a good plan to make boxes, say twelve inches square and eight inches high, without bottom or top; these placed over the cucumber or melon hills, and covered with glass, give an ímpetus to the plant early in the season that nothing snort of a hot-bed will effect. If very early, place a little fresh manure around these boxes to keep the contenta warm. It is astonishing what effect this simple contriyance will produce; and not only is it valuable for protection from the cold weather, but it is equally valuable as a protection from the melon bugs and other predatory insects that seem towatch for ourchoicest esculents. -N. Y. Tribune. Nest-boxbs should be raovable, so by some, is to kindie a fire inside and char them. This procesa will effectually destroy vermin and their larvse, and will thoroughly purify the nest by leaving a coating of charcoal inside. This subatance is one of the best antiseptics, and a perfect deodorizer. Boxes made of seven-eighths stuff - pine, hemlock, or spruce - will ontlast a number of these purifications by fire, as the process tends to preserve the wood, - Boston Cultivator. MOTHERLESS YOUNG AnIMAIiS. - How to mother motherless young animáis - foals, calves, or lambs: Eub the palm of the hand f uil of gin on the nose and mouth of the dam; rub a little of the same bottle along the back of the young animal to be adopted, place them together, and the relationship is complete. The advantage of this simple procese will be complete to those who have to do with long-wooled sheep, where, as is frequently the case, a ewe dies, leaves a pair of fine lambs, while probably another ewe loses her lambs, when exchange of maternal affection is instantly brought about by the gin, to the saving and successful rearing of what oth erwise would be two troublesome pets at best. When a ewe has three lambs and another ewe one, the disparity can be effectually remedied inthesamerjannor.


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