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AccoBDiNG to a Frenen horticulturist, the occasional bitter taste of cucurubers is entirely due to immoderately slow growth. The prevention is judioious ■watering in time of drought, but wnën cold is responsible f or the mischief treatment is not sa clear. A veby prominent leak on a great many farms is found in the careless manner in which the owner allows his stock to destroy both the growing and matured crops, and it is no uncommon thing, where this kind of a leak is allowed on a farm, to find the farmer firstrato in helping to drain his neighbor's farm in the same way. Nothing can be done for black knot in plura trees but to cut out the diseased part, or the parte showing any kind of disease, and burn them. If the trees aro very badly affected, burn all of them. It will be of no use to try to grow healthy plums if your neighbors have diseased trees, so you should induce them also to cut out and destroy the black knots. - Toronto Qlobe. The most active feitilizers for wheat in the autnmn are Peruvian guano and nitrate of soda, bnt it is not advisable to use these as early as October, except in small quantity, as tüey are very soluble and quickly washed away by the fall rains. One hundred pounds of either are suffloient at this time, and an equal quantity may be used in the spring. - 'American Agrieulturist. I would recommend the following as a sure cure for gapes in chickens. It has been tried repeatedly by myself and several others in the neighborhood, and has always proved effectual: To every 100 chickens take three teaspooafuls of tincture of assafcetida and mix it daily in their food. T'aere is no patent on this - it is an old remedy for the ailment. - Cor. Moore's liural. During th# past week, a couple of days have been devoled to destroying caterpillars, which at this season infest the orchard. We used a wagon, driving it between the rows, and severing the nests from the tree, then throwing them into a box, when they were afterward burned. If every orchardist would folio w this system up, in a few years we might almost free our State of these pests. - Cor. Chicago Tribune. "Waldo " says, in the Ohio Farmer, that the more he experiments with it the less he likes the drilled corn. If he could always do the plowing himseif, and choose his own tools, he could get a lield of drilled corn tended well, but it is hard to get haüdB to do it rightly. He is satisfled that there will be less corn drilled in the next five years than in the past five. In traveling on the csrs, three sr four years ago, he paid careful attention to the corn, and found it the rule to drill and the exception to hill. Recently in traveling he counted 100 fields, 83 of which were hilled and 17 drilled. The marked success which has attended the seeding of timothy in the fall is making that the . f avorite season for í owing meadows. Some, however, make a mistake by not making the groúnd as rich as possible. We should prefer to manure heavily, plant to early potaloes, and dig them early in September. .Then, by plowing the ground well, and sowing and rolling at once, we should, in favorable seasons, have a meadow that would yield a ton and a half of fiae hay the first season. When manure is not attainable oat stubble may be turned tuider with good results. Should the grasn grow too large bef ore f reezing, it may be slightly pastured; but too much will do it in jury. - Cor. Chicago Tribune. Cows accustomed to a great varietyof 'ood are invariably good eaters, and almost always heavy milkers. Thus, the sest cows in the neighborhood are usually those of poor men, whose one cow s made a pet of, and has all sorts of íood. Such cows are usually a good bargain at almost any price, though they rarely do as well when taken from their own old homes and turned in with the !ess-varied f are accorded to larger herds. Milkmen üave learned that it is impor;ant to give cows a variety of food. Henee their purchasen of bran, meal, roots and oil-cake. It may not pay farmers to take so mnch pains, but they can promote the thrift of their herds and their own profits by ciianging the animal's food as often as possible. - Cor. Country Gentleman. Okchard ik Grass. - An old friend writes us : " There is a great deal of nonsense talked and written about apple trees requiring cultivated ground. The reason why the trees do not do so well when the ground is in grass is because it is not grazed and kept short as it is in England, whtre all the orchards, or at least ninety-nine out of 100, are kept in grass, and never, under any ciroumstances, plowed. But the grass is grazed with sheep fnd calves andnever mowed, as it is well known to be wrosg to grow what is not returned to the soil in some shape. Americans do not understand the difference between the fine old permanent sod, which is never plowed, and the. timothy and clover temporary grass here. When the swar.l. is grazed in England, there is nothing to prevent sun and air from benedting the roots, and the sheep lie a good deal under the trees and leave droppings and urine. - Rural New Yorker. Abont the House. Baking Powdeb. - Eight ounces of flour, eight ounces of bicarbonato of soda, seven ounces of tartaric acid ; mix thoroughly by passing several times througli the dieve. Fbosting With Gelatine.- Dissolve a large pinch of gelatine in six tablespoonfuls of boiling water; strain, thicken with sugar, and flavor with lemon. Enough for two cakes. To Wash Lavender Obgandie or Lace.- Put a table-spoonful of sugar of lead in the water, and iet it soak for an hour before washirjg it. Wash carefully and hang in the shade to dry. Sweet OmeijET. -Beat four eggs very lightly, add a little salt and one spoonf ui brown sugar; pour all into a hot, buttered fry-pan; when well set, lay in two spoonfuls raspberry jam, cook one minute; roll up, and dish it, sprinkling well with powdered sugar. This is a very delicate aui. rich dessert. Gbated PineappIiE. - Peel them carofully ; cut out the eyes, and then weigh them ; to each pound quarters ponnd of sugar. Grato the pmeapplo on a grater ; put all in the skillet together nnd let boil until the juicc is thick and clear ; don't add any water to them. but save all the juice as you grate therrj Bakeb's Pound-Cake.- Two large cups sugar, one and three-fourths cups butter, six eggs, three-fourths of a pint of cold water, seven teaspoonfuls, or one-half ounce, even fullof ammonia, six coffee cups, even ful!, of flour ; to be baked in smsJl tins, or patty paus ; half the recipe is enough for any common family. Berry Pudding. - Stew a quart cf blueberries and whortleberries; sweeten to taste. Take stale bread, and butter oach piece; immerse each piece in the berries, and lay in a dish first a layer of bread, then a layer of berries, taking care to have the last layer one of berries. To be eaten cold, with milk and sugar. Boned Ham. - Having soaked a well cured ham in tepid water over night, boil it until it is perfectly tender, putting it on tlui range in warm water ; tako it up in a wooden tray, and leave it to oool. Aftorward remove the bone carefully, and press the ham again into shape; return it to the boiling liquor, remove the pot from the fire, and let the ham remain until it is cold.


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