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-+-- FORCING CARROTS. Carrot seeds require more time to germi- nate than many others, so that if young car- rota are needed early in the gpring it will be well to make up the beds for the same. Carrots do not like hard forcing, and if grown in heated frames they are not always a success. The best roots are those that are grown on a mild hot-bed. Fortunately, car- rots do not require a great amount of top protection as long as they have steady warmth underneath them. Of course, the lights will require covering up with mats or sacks on frosty nights. Of far greater im- portance than the covering is the bed itself. and this should be thoroughly well made and trodden firmly, so as to retain a steady moderate heat throughout bad weather for many weeks. To enable this to be done, a large proportion of the heating material should consist of good, hard leaves. tiay. three-fourths of the whole, and the remain- der of stable litter. It would be well to make quite a large bed, even if the whole of it is not required, as the bigger it is. within reason, the less fear there will be as to loss of heat. It ought also to be deep, landing not less than four feet above the ground level when finished. With the frame 011 a body of heating materials, it is an easy matter to give a good lining round, covering this with long litter or soil, to retain the heat. A fine or light soil should be used for surfacing the beds, and allowed to become thoroughly warmed through before sowing. For frame work, stump-rooted kinds such as Sutton's Inimitable Forcing, and Champion Scarlet Horn—both excellent varieties—are two of the earliest kinds in cultivation.