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THE GARDENER. NOTES FOR THE PRESENT MONTH, BY A PROFESSIONAL GARDENER. APRIL. KITCHEN GARDENING. The principal crops will now he either all sown or planted, and the encouragement of their growth the object of attention ; but, where omitted last month, Onions, Cabbages, Cauliflowers and Turnips should be sown at once, to insure success. If not done before the middle of the month, it is better to defer sowing until spring. Where Brocoli have been planted during summer months, and grown freely, growers would find it very advantageous to cut the roots, which is easily done by inserting the spade under each plant. For instance, go clown one side of the row and .come back on the other. Care should be taken not to cut too close to the plant. Brocoli treated as above will resist the frost much better; for by choking its growth at this season it gets hardy as a natural consequence, and will come in ready for use much earlier than it would if not disturbed. Earth up all crops of growing Celery. Care should be taken not to allow the earth to get in between the leaves, which is done by holding up the leaves with one hand, while with the other, use a piece of slate or other flat tool to draw the earth carefully round each plant, which keeps all the leaves together until you have followed with the spade and banked up. Care should also be taken not to earth up too much at once, as it only tends to weaken the plants. By treating as directed, say once in ten days, the trouble will be well repaid by the production of fine heads of blanched Celery for either cooking purposes or desert. Make a general clearance of all ground not wanted for present sowing or planting. Dig in in a rough state, so that it will be exposed to the action of the weather. Dig Potatoes ; gather Onions, as they r'pen, and store them in a dry place. Vegetable Marrows and Pumpkins should also be gathered as they ripen, and stored in a dry, warm place for winter use. Wlion properly stored they will keep nearly all winter, and are much prized when such vegetables are scarce. Strawberries may now be planted from the runners. Either make new plots 01fill in any blanks in old beds or borders. After selecting plants for all new plantations, let all the runners that remain be trimmed off, care being taken not to cut off all the leaves, as is too often done not only by amateurs but by persons calling themselves professional men. It is most barbarous treatment, as it tends to weaken the plants and the result —the following summer —is that there will be little or no fruit. Having got the runners and w-eeds cleared, put a good covering of well decomposed manure over the bed, and let it lie on the surface. Don’t dig it in, as is the general practice. In this way it nourishes the plant at the root and mulches the ground in summer. r AiVJ » JLXL Plant Bulbs of the following kinds — Hyacinthus, Crocuses, Snowdrops, Liliums, .Narcissus, Jonquils, Daffodils, and Tulips —any of the above. For window decoration, plant in pots in a good mixture of loam, rotted manure, and sand. Plunge the pots in sand, and keep them there until the bulb begins to grow, when it might be removed to where it is required to flower. To those who desire an early display of annual flowers, by a careful reservation of those self-sown which abound at this season in great numbers, and sowing again in spring, the flower garden can be kept going from early spring until late in autumn. All tender plants, such as Geraniums, Cinerarias, Cupheas, etc., that have been turned out during summer should now be brought in and housed to protect them from frost ; and all herbaceous plants that have done flowering cut down, so as to give the garden a neat appearance. requires little care at this season, further than gathering the fruits as they ripen, and keeping the ground clear of weeds, but where young fruit trees have been planted last year the ground should be kept dug round them and free from weeds, as, by keeping the ground loose, it encourages the growth of wood, keeps the trees healthy and bettor able to resist the attacks of blight. It only too often happens that trees are planted, and that once done, they are never looked near again ; and still those to whom the trees belong wonder why their trees do not grow like their neighbors’, w r ho cultivate them, in a proper manner. A few trees properly cultivated is much better than a larger number cultivated indifferently. Advice to mothers.—Are you broken in your rest by a sick child, suffering with the pain of cutting teeth '! Go at once to the chemist and get a bottle of Mrs. WINSLO W’S SOOTHING SYRUP. It will relieve the poor sufferer immediately. It is perfectly harmless ; it produces natural, quiet sleep by relieving the child from pain, and the little cherub awakes “ as bright as a button.” It lias been in use in America, and is highly recommended by medical men. It is very pleasant to take ; it sooths the child ; it softens the gums, allays all pain, relieves wind, regulates the bowels, and is the best known remedy for dysentry and diarrhoea, whether arising from teething or other- causes. Be sure and ask for Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, and see that “ Curtis and Perkins, New York and London,” is on the outside wrapper. No mother should be without it. Sold by all medicine dealers, at Is. 1-ld.—Depot, 493, Oxford street. HO is Mrs. WINSLOW ? As this question is frequently asked, we shall simply say that she is a lady who for upw-ards of thirty years has untircingly devoted her time and talents as a female physician and nurse, principally among children. She has especially studied the constitution and wants of this numerous class, and, as a result of this effort and practical knowledge obtained in a lifetime as nurse and physician, she has compounded a SOOTHING SYRUP for Children. It operates like magic, giving rest and health, and is, moreover, sure to regulate the bowels. In consequence of this article, Mrs. Winslow is becoming world-renouned as a benefactor of her race. Children certainly do rise up and bless her. Especially is this the case in this city. Vast quantities of the Soothing Syrup are daily sold and used here. We think Mrs Winslow has immortalised hexname by this invaluable article, and we sincerely believe that thousands of children have been saved from an early grave by its timely use, and that millions yet unborn will share its benefits and unite in calling her blessed. No mother has discharged her duty to her suffering little one, in our opinion, until she has given it the benefit of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup. Try it mothers, try it now. — Ladies’ Visitor, New York City. TO PRINTERS. MACHINE FOR SALE. OR SALE. jr One Second-hand Double Demy Tape Printing MACHINE, in thorough working order, with rollers, moulds, &c., complete. This machine has been replaced by a Double Royal Wharfedale, which necessitates removal of the Double Demy Machine formerly used for printing the “ Herald ” and “ Guardian,” for hand or steampowei*. Can be seen and all pax--ticulars obtained at our office. For a Country Office this Machine suits admirably, as it can easily be turned by hand, for which w-o have fitted a flywheel and handle. FLOW'ER GARDEN. THE ORCHARD Price £7O WEEKS & DIXON,

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