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Agricultural And Domestic

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A round tho Farm. Baivley and oats grown togcther, one btiehel of tho former to two of thc latter por acre, make a good forage crop for eattle and horses. Beginners at sheep-raising shonld content themsolves with a small ílock at first. Tho increaBC is rapid and fully cqual to the growth of knowlcdge of breeding, feeding and making profitable. This ad-woe will apply to other business than raising aheep. Fakmees need a breed of f walking horses, both for their oto uso and for sale. A slo-w-walking horse is a nuisance, whether plowing, harrowing, or harvesting on the farm, or for cart, truck, dray, saddlo, or carriage use in the city. Careful attention to this feature would pay better in the long run than breeding for trotters. As a green food for eattle, corn sown broadeast is coming hito general use. Clover ha been a pretty sure stand-by for many years. Eye, which comes early when sown in the íall, is also mended in Borne quarters, but it ib qtiue inferior to cither of the others. Ihe corn can be ready f or feeding in August, wken pasturage is frequently dried up, or it can bc cut for fodder and cured for winter. The Providence Journal says : ' ' Every man should regard liie orcliard as entire ly his own, and the gunner who trespasses upon it a poacher amenable to the law. It doe not seem that there are half as inany birds as thero were fifty years ago, and the insectshave mcroased in greater proporfcion. Birds soon nnd out where they are safe, as do the wild dncks who visit the cove, and ïf shot a desert the farms. Their office of destroying the insects is one of very great importance to the farmer and fruit growCube por Foot-rot.- Take strong new lime (if unslacked the better); put it in a box or trough with sides six or eight indios high; put in water to make it like very thin paste, so that it will be about two inches deep in the box; place the box so that you can drive the sheep through it, and drive them through it several times duriug the day of flxing the lime. Rcpeat this two or three times, at intervals of about two weeks each, and it will cure the foot-rot. Hen Mantjke.- A correspondent cf Golwan's Mural World says that ho aw au onion bei remarkable for the size and luxuriance of the plants. On inquiring the cause he found that the soil had been enriched with hen nianufe. On the same farm be had seen resulta similarly beneñcial when the manure had been applied to coru, by mixing it with tho soil of the liill, and then planting tho corn. For gardens this manure is excellent, espèeially when piaster or ashes is mixed with it. Hoese üollars.- The l allcy Farmer says collars are, or should be, so ade as to throw the chief forcé on the Ipwer part of the shoulder. The horse can apply but little strength on the upper part, and for this reason breast collars are coming greatly intovogue, as the strength is exerted on the lower part of the shoulder. The collar should be purchased of the'proper size. Just before putting it on the ftrst time, immersc it in water, letting it remain about a minute, and ímmediately put it on to work. The collar, by being wet, will adapt ltself to the shoulder, and should dry on the horse. When taken off, it should be left m the same shape it occupied on the horse, and ever af ter you will have a snug-fitting collar and no wounds. AsrARAGüS.- JSearly everybody enjoys this early vegetable, but how few have it in abundance. It is an easy thing to get and requires less care than any other garden esoulent. A paoket of seed costing 10 cents sown Üiis spring will make piants enough for a large bed, and next season they should be planted ia place. The grouad for an asparagus bed should be made peculiarly deep and rich. Our plan is to put the plants in rows a foot apart and at a distance of eight inches in the row. Every f ourth row skip one, leaving an alley in which to walk. A bed once made will last a decade and requires only a coating of rotted manure each year to keep it in excellent condition. Sheep Baising. - This branch of business, like almost every other, has had its ups and downs, but it is a question whether any business has paid better for a series of years. The rapid increase of sheep is very favorable to farmers of small means who wish to engage in woolgrowing. Sheep raising is too much neglected iu the West. The animal that furniahes clothing, food and light, which eats what other animáis reject, which crops hillsides too steep for other creatures to nseend, is entitled to vastly more credit than it receives.


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