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HINTS UPON GARDENING. KITCHEN GARDEN.—Stake runner beans on the north side of the rows, unless they run north and south, which is the best, in which case stake them on the west side, and hoe up. Sow lettuce; tie a few at a time for immediate use. Sow parsley, endive, and turnips. Plant out celery, and water abundantly; if convenient, shade the trenches for a week after plant- ing. Tomatoes will bear more abundantly, and occa- sion less trouble, if constantly stopped before the fruit. Give them plenty of water, and mulch the sur- face with rotten dung. Turnips Any sowings made now should be managed so as to outwit the fly if possible. Divide the seed into two portions; steep one-half in a solution of sulphate of ammonia, half an ounce to the gallon. Let it steep six hours, then mix with the dry seed, and sow all together. The steeped seed will come up first, and grow so fast as probably to escape the fly; but if lost there will be a good chance of the other seed following directly after the first shower, and there will be two chances of a crop. Lettuces: Sow two or three different sorts, and let Dixon's champion cos be one of them. Plant out on leavily-manured ground. Some should also be sown where they are to stand. Asparagus to be cut no more after this week the beds then to be lightly forked over, and covered with a thin coating of rotten duns. FLOWER GARDEN.—Balsams should never be allowed to get pot-bound it throws them into bloom prematurely, and stops all growth. Therefore, as fast as they fill their pots with roots, shift on in rich light soil. Small plants showing bloom-buds should be dis- budded, and shifted to pots two sizes larger. Never let them suffer for want of water. Keep well aired, and in a good greenhouse temperature. Bedders to have as little water as possible, as it tends to prevent them rooting deep. Hoe over the beds between the plants, and pay scrupulous attention to pinching and pegging as required, as on this will depend the beauty of the display as the plants come into full bloom. J5albs are frequently lost throngh inatten- tion at this time of the year. As the leaves decay, all those that are usually taken up should be lifted and laid aside in a ahady dry place, with earth over them, to ripen. They should then be cleared and stowed away, all named kinds with their tallies, so that at the next planting there need be no mixing of colours, or regrets for the less of choice kinds through leaving them in the ground to bo chopped up in some digging j operation. Pom pone chrysanthemums intended for beds and clumps may be planted out in a piece of well- manured ground in the reserve garden, and the only further trouble they will occasion will be to stop every three weeks till the middle of July. When grown in quantities to make a display after the summer bedders are removed, this is the easiest way of all, as they can be lifted in Octo- ber without losing a leaf by the operation. Roses require now to have an engine played upon them as upon a house on fire. This will drive the fly away much more effectually than any other method, and do the roses good too. To fumigate out of doors is a very troublesome affair, and to wash with tobacco- water or solution of aloes greatly disfigures the foliage, as the stuff must be strong to be effectual. Gardens newly made may be furnished with roses now as well as at any time of the year. FI-ZLUIT GARDEN AND ORCHARD HOUSE.-Melone need no shade if the hillocks are of good sound turfy loam, and the plants have water when shut up at night. We never knew scorching to happen except through mismanagement. The general causes of ill- health are watering with cold hard water, planting in rich light soil, or keeping too dry while growing. To ripen the fruit, dryness is essential, but while the plants are growing they require plenty of water, warmed by being put in the house every morning for use in the evening; and the soil to fill in with as the hillocks are occupied with roots should be tough turfy loam even clay is preferable to the mixtures contain. I iofir leaf and manure. GREENHOUSE AND CON SrlRVATORY. -Greenhouse and conservatory plants require special attention now. Turn out for the summer those that require to be in the open air for the completion of their growth and the ripening of their wood. Herbaceous calceolarias are now in fine perfection, and we have reason to con- gratulate the breeders of improved forma on the robust habit and beautiful colours that have been pro- duced. Any choice varieties to be seeded should be secured in duplicate, to keep up the varieties from cuttings, as the plants that furnish seed will probably die. Those to be cut from not to be allowed to ripen a single seed; cut away the flower-stems as soon as the bloom is nearly over, and put them in a pit facing north, with the lights off night and day, and the sun kept off by a thick screen of mats. When watering, drench these mats, the evaporation from which will assist the plants to break; and secure cuttings as soon as they are large enough to be taken off, Cinerarias are generally very mixed as to quality, owing to the too frequent keeping of seedlings that have pleased by their colour, but had no other good quality. Seeing how many really beautiful varieties are now obtainable, it is a positive waste of time and glass room to propagate any seedlings that have not some decidedly good qualities. We name this now, because many gardeners who grow these plants largely for decoratioh are at this time of year tempted to propa- gate from whatever old plants they possess, with too little regard for their quality, whereas if a, few of the best now ones or a complete set have to be purchased, the cost is little, and quality is of the first importance in a flower which every one can criticise. When admiring a sheet of Bourgainvillea. none of us think about properties; but the most uninformed take note of the form and proportions and colouring of a cine- raria, and every second-rate seedling should be thrown on the muck-heap as soon as the bloom is over, so as to reduce the work of propagating to a few of the very best. Those to be kept should either be moulded up in the pots or be planted out on a shady border in rieh sandy soil, an inch below the level, to induce them to break freely for increase of the stock.- Gardener's Magazine.

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