Regard must be had to the ripened pericarps; - cut them when brown and on a dry day, to secure from mildew. Take up the roots as they ripen, - not all at once. Beds containing valuable sorts should be kept dry, to prevent a second growth, which would injure, and in some cases destroy the vitality of the tubers, though they may be sound in appearance when stored. Dry the tubers in an airy, shady place, and store them in a room to which neither mildew nor mice have access. Seedlings should be taken up, and the soil sifted, to detect small roots. They may be kept safely in dry sand till the return of the planting season.

Wallingford. Carey Tyso.

Ranunculuses #1

Preparations should now be made for next spring. Manures can be mixed, composts turned, beds excavated, much better now than in February: the soil will work now in better condition, and have time to settle. The first sowing of seed may be made in boxes of any portable size, and six inches deep. Place them under glass, as a protection from heavy rains, but not in a close frame. As the seed should not be more than a sixteenth of an inch deep, regard must be had to supplying an even amount of moisture: excess of either drought or rain is ruinous. Walling ford, Carey Tyso.

Ranunculuses #2

Seedlings which came up last month should be placed in a cold frame, giving air at all favourable seasons, and carefully protecting from excess of moisture. Watch against the ravages of slugs: much damage to seedling crops is done by these depredators while very young, only recently hatched; and with the protection of frames, their industry does not cease so soon as in the open air. An occasional look at the stock of tubers, to see if they are free from damp and vermin, is the only attention required at this season.

Wallingford. Carey Tyso.

Ranunculuses #3

The leisure afforded to the Florist this month may be usefully employed in arranging his roots for planting. Little beyond this will be demanded of him in respect of dry tubers. Seedling plants, however, will require some attention: probably a very thin sprinkling of dry rich soil may be needed as a top-dressing. Give all the air practicable on every fine day, and protect from severe frosts.

Wallingford. Carey Tyso.