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farmen drtny cultirating and hoeingtlfl weeds are up and gtowing; t i.s mucb better to kill them l.ef'oie they are up. Those wbo think thie too iiiueli trooLle retniml me of the darkey who said lie coiuIiíhI hair once a, weck, and tlu-n it alinost killed liim te get out tlie astutos, and be did not see liow J'olks could live :it all who combed their hair every day! ïhe smaller weeds stand little chance when the land is well worked witli harrow and cultivator. ïhe two great sUiples, eorn and potatoes, ou be easilj kept free from weeds when on lam] free froin stones, witliont hand hoeing at all, by ineans of the Improved harrows and cultirators ol recent invention, and t wil] liardly pay to raise these erop3 wliwe tin; aid of sufih tooi i.s iiapossiUe, as Cor iustance on small broken ffelds or stouy hillsides. WEEDINÖ. Hand vveeding must be practicexl with all root crops. and sinall ftuits, and even cora and potatoes need goin over to pull tlie few weeds missed by the cultivator. If care luis been taken to keep the seeds of weeds out of the land this will be light work; otheiwise I r i n j-t n 1 ■ ■ 1 ii is a lecuous and expensive job. Such crops should, therefore, be planted only on ground that is free Lrom foul seeds. The most troublesome summer weed upon old gardens, is purslane; it is easily killed when it first breaks ground, but once it gets rooted it will grovv just about as well witli ita roots in the air as any way, and will blossom and ripen seed after it lias been hoed up and turned with roots upward. The only way to get rid of it is to cart it olï and bury it in a hole. Hogs and hens eat it greedily, but they do not destroy all the seeds. is very useful for currant bushes, and any of tlie small fruits are greatly helped by it in dry weather. Quince trees also do much better rnulclied than when tlie soil is frequently stirred among them. Coarse bog liay or sedge is excellent for this purpose,"and should be applied so thickly as to smother the small weeds, and keep the surface moist. Any scattering weeds tliat pusli through the mulch will be easily pulled by hand. The mulch muy be applitd at any time, and can be left on UU it crurnbles and rots away, when it will need renewing. Tlie roots of the small fruits, when mulehed, approach quite near the surface, and suffer little from protracted drought.


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