W. H. W., Reading, Mass., asks: "Will you please state in the Gardener's Monthly for August, if possible, your opinion about the wisdom of cutting off the leaves of Strawberry plants after the crop has been gathered?"

[We have occasionally very good results indeed, especially in the cases of shy bearing kinds, or varieties that ought to bear well but do not. It is a question that cannot be decided by rule. We fancy the tendency of the practice is to increase productiveness at the expense of size. - Ed. G. M.J