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-+-- THE FRUIT GARDEN. All open-air grapes left unpruned should be Been to at once, and all crowded vines should be well thinned out, cutting out some of the old wood to make room for new canes to be laid in next summer. Get the pruning done now. and where there has been any mildew on the foliage or fruit, give the branches a good wash with GifihuTst Com- pound, in the proportion of six ounces to the gallon. Remove some of the old bark from the main stems, and apply the wash with a brush, rubbing it well in. Open-air grapes may be looked upon as hopeless by some, but the foliage forms so beautiful a covering for south walls that if a crop of fruit were a much rarer occurrence than it is. those who are capable of taking in details in fruit cul- ture should plant them, and do them well. There is still plenty of pruning to be done among fruit-trees, and after the wall trees are pruned the branches should be securely tied or nailed to the wall. Every new Avail ought to be wired, especially walls of build- ings or dwelling-houses. Driving nails in a wall injures it, and the holes made by the wear and tear of training trees with nailfi and shred6 harbour insects, and are other- wise objectionable. Another matter which should be kept constantly in mind when training trees is—do not brace the trees in too tightly. There is much harm done by tight bracing; leave the ties or shreds loose, so that the branches may have room to grow. Hardy fruits succeed very well trained against wood fences, but the fences should be wired, and the branches trained thinly.