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HINTS UPON GARDENING. AALELEXIS, PIMELIAS, IXORAS, &c., now going out of bloom to be cut back freely and put in a shady place, where sprinkle their tops frequently, and keep their roots rather dry till they break, when to be re- potted. In repotting use the compost rough and lumpy for all except young plants. SAVING SEED.—Many choice border plants are now ripening their seeds, and whatever is required must be secured in time. Generally it is safest to gather the seed before it is dead ripe, as in many cases the pods open and the seed is scattered and lost. Cat off bunches with a portion of stem attached, and spread them on cloths, under cover, to dry for a day or two, and then put them in the full sun to harden. A shelf in a greenhouse is the best place, because there is less fear of them being scattered by wind. Label all seeds when gathered, to prevent mistakes, and of all hardy subjects sow a portion at once, and keep the rest till spring., CONSERVATORY will now need a revision, and a general change of occupants. Liliums and gladioli will now come in, and make a fine show with first class annuals and fuchsias. Specimen trees and climbers to be stopped and trained in, to assist ripening of the wood. MELONS need a brisk bottom heat to ripen the fruit, and to be kept rather dry. Those swelling fruit to be encouraged with a lining, and a moderate amount of atmospherio moisture. Keep the vines regularly trained, so that the leaves are exposed to light, as wherever they are crowded, the fruit will be found to damp off. PEACHES ripening off to be kept as cool as possible; hot sunshine and close air will spoil the flavour and cause the fruit to fall. Where the supply is larger than can be used directly, the fruit may be kept hang- ing longer by shading it with leaves; a few boughs of privet or fur hung up so as to screen off the sun from the branches on which the fruit hangs, and free venti- lation day and night, will retard the final ripening, and prolong the season of supply. Trees from which the whole crop has been gathered to be liberally watered and syringed, to keep the foliage fresh till it has done its work. PINES to be encouraged with a good heat and plenty of moisture. Those swelling fruit to have the help of a humid atmosphere by watering the paths and surface of the tan, &c., amongst the plants till the fruit begins to change colour, then keep the atmo- sphere rather dry. Young stocks to have air cautiously; the suckers rising from old stools to be earthed up, and have a brisk heat and plenty of water. VINES.-Late grapes require no artificial heat to ripen them properly, as the sun heat is above the average of the season. If the ripening is long about, the berries will have thick, tough skins, and will not keep well. Keep the houses dry where grapes are hanging, and those from which the crop has -been gathered take off the lights. STRAWBERRIES to be potted as soon as rooted, as they make roots faster in pots than in the open ground; and should we have a chilly autumn, a few of the best of the plants can be kept under glass, to ripen their crowns. Lay a few more of the best runners in pots, cut away all weak runners, and supply water liberally to runners and old stools. CAULIFLOWERS can be got out now on ground cleared of peas and beans. Trench deep, and mix the manure with the soil, so that it is evenly distributed through- out the mass. ONIONS lifted as we advised last week may in a few days be taken up and laid in the sun to dry. If the weather is wet, spread them in a shed, or on some dry mats in spare frames. In some country places they finish off the onions for storing by placing them in a baker's oven after the bread is drawn. This is a very good plan, and is a pretty certain remedy for bull- necks, and a green, soft condition; but it is not likely any orops will require to be artificially ripened this B6SISOIL« WINTER GREENS to be got out at every oppor- tunity, and with as little damage as possible to the leaves. It is horrible to see the way in which some people break and bruise the leaves of kale, cabbage, &c., in lifting and transplanting. Gardeners Maga- zine. <♦-



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