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GARDEN GOSSIP. o American Blight.â If any reader ha.s th<? slightest trace of American blight or woollv aphit in his garden, let him take immediate steps tc clear it right out. There are several advertised insecticides which are excellent for the purpose, but few are superior to a wineglassful of paraffin in one gallon of very soapy water. To secure a perfect amalgamation of paraffin and water is not an easy matter, but if the oil is added when the water is boiling furiously, the operation will ho much simplified. Application to the infested trees may be through a spraying syringe, directing alternate syringefuls into the bucket and ou to the trees. Budding Stocks.âAt some time or another everyone with a garden does a certain amount of budding, and thereby increases his interest in gar- dening. The season for doing this work extends to the middle of August or thereabouts, and ex- perience may be gained on Roses or fruit trees, according to convenience. As long as the bark will lift sufficiently to allow the bud sheath being slipped into position, the condition of the bud need not disturb the operator. The bud should be cut with a bark sheathing anywhere about two inches in length, the bud being situated in the middle. In taking the bud, a thin slice of wood will be cut out, and this must be removed by in- serting the point of the knife under one end, and grippingthe tip thus raised between the thumbnail, and the blade. If it either flies cut or hangs very tightly, the bud is not in condition. When coming away, there should be gentle resistance, and nothing more. The cutting and tying in have been so many times described, and are so simple, that they need not now be dealt with. < » Sweet Peas.âAs usual, these splendid annuals have done well where the preparations were thorough, and proper attention has been given through the whole season. Many rows and clumps are now, however, beginning to get over, and where successional plants are not coming along an effort must be made to give the old ones a new lease of life. Cut the plants hard over to remove all pods and blooms, and encourage fresh breaks by regular watering and fairly frequent applica- tions of weak liquid manure. Any kind may be used, but those of a nitrogenous .nature will bo found most serviceable for the purpose in view. If a mulching of manure can be applied, it will do considerable good. The secondary flowers will not be carried on such bold strong stems, but they will be very welcome. Flower Beds.âThese ought to be looking especially attractive by this period and no efforts should be spared which will tend to maintain or improve the display. The surface of the soil should be kept quite loose, by pricking over with a small fork or a pointed stick in those cases where the use of the Dutch hoe is precluded. If any gaps should occur, they must be filled up from the stock of plants held in reserve for this purpose. Keep all dead flowers picked off, and do not water until it is imperative. w w Black Currants.âWhen bushes have finished fruiting it is an excellent plan, if time can possibly be found, to look them over carefully with a view to the prompt removal of any growths which are obviously superfluous. Black Currants produce U, their fruit on young wood, and old branches left in the centre cannot be of any future service to the grower; on the contrary, the reverse may be the case, as they will deprive the young shoots of light and air, and thus prevent perfect maturation. The work can, of course, be done in the autumn, but now, when the bushes are full of leaves, it is much easier to see which branches must come out, and no advantage accrues, upon leaving the work to have attention later. < Bush Fruit for Transplantation.âThose who are so fortunate as to have some healthy young Gooseberries and Red and White Currants for moving during the coming autumn, and from which it is desired to have fruit next summer, might well commence their preparatory work at once (says a writer in The Gardener "). If the operator will take a very sharp spade, and cut down all round each bush, the travelling roots will be severed. Then fill in the cut made by the spade, and give occasional heavy soakings with pure water, well up to the stems. The result of this will be that hundreds of new fibrous roots will be formed between now and November, and it will be a matter of the greatest ease to lift each plant with a perfect balrof soil and roots. The advantage of this is obviousâno roots will be severed in the process of moving, not the slightest check will be given to the plants, and they will almost assuredly crop well in the followii season. # m Asparagus.âNeglected beds of asparagus are a fruitful cause of a weedy garden. So long as the coveted "grass" is in fit condition to use, the beds receive every attention, but directly cutt?bg ceases weeding does too, in many instances. We all know how rapidly the asparagus grows after the cutting of the plants is finished. I need scarcely say that weeds grow quite as fast, but they are not clearly seen, so are allowed to remain and ripen seeds. When the wind blows, the light, fluffy kinds of seeds are borne to other parts of the garden, and so more trouble is caused. Destroy the weeds while they are quite small; it entails less labour, and the asparagus greatly benefits. ⦠» Peaches and Nectarines.âAll amateurs are not so fortunate as to have the opportunity of growing these choice fruits for themselves, but those who have will find an important work awaiting attention. It is imperative that the ripening fruits be pre- vented from falling to the ground, as this means spoliation. The easiest way of securing the fruits is, no doubt, to hang fish netting in such a fashion as to catch every fruit that falls, but if each one can have a net of its own it is better. Pieces of netting can easily be made into bags for enclosing the Peaches, and attached to the growth immedi- ately above the fruit. Picking may be done a few hours in advance of perfect ripeness, but it is not really necessary when one of the above methods of preventing damage can be adopted. Onions.âVery large bulbs, which are being grown for exhibition, are liable to split when rain follows a spell of dry weather. To prevent this splitting, place some very dry soil--dry as dust, in fact-from the potting shed or wherever it can be found, around the bulbs in the form of a mulch, about two inches deep. Although a continuous rain will penetrate the mulch, showers will not saturate the soil around the bulbs to any great extent, so that the roots will not have the chance of absorbing a lot of moisture. # # # Brussels Sprouts.âThese are now growing freely, and the young sprouts will soon form on the stems. No time should be lost in giving copious waterings of liquid manure, either from the farmyard or obtained by soaking manure in a tank of water. Do not wait until dry weather comes before applying the liquid, but give it durii; g rainy weather. There is no better Ime--the soii is moist, the manurial properties will thorough iv permeate the whole of the soil, and the plants will show signs of improvement very quickly. Small quantities are better than none at all. Planting.âTake every opportunity of fillin- all ground as it becomes vacant with Savovs Cab- bages, late Broccoli, end other winter andlnri'i-J crops. A large sowing of Turnips should alsVhe got in. Roses on Wal,ls.-Aong all the various plants which are grown to aaorn walls, Roses are per- haps, the most popular. And yet in the maioritv of cases the plants look weak and half-starved.ami are commonly infested with mildew or green fly In these circumstanc-es it is impossible for them to do well and produce fine blooms. If they are sup- plied with an abundance of water at the roots a r., have an occasional application of liquid manure, it is quite certain that we shall see much less mil- dew, which is far more prevalent on starved plants than on those that are well fed. Green il v must be kept down by applying a solution of Quassia and soft soap as frequently as may be necessary, and if some of the old growths arc cut clean out every year the Roses will soon be vastly improved.