A heavy, free loam that the water will pass through freely, with the addition of one-fifth of rotted cow manure and a liberal sprinkling of pure bone flour will be an excellent compost. A

"liberal sprinkling" is rather indefinite, so I will say one pint to a bushel of soil can be used safely. If it were mixed with the soil a month or two months before planting, so much the better. The chrysanthemum is called a free and even rank grower, but an overrich soil produces very large, soft flowers. The flowers produced on a soft, forced growth are in poor condition to withstand the handling they have to undergo before they reach the retail counter and to produce durable, firm flowers a well matured growth of the wood is as necessary as is a good, dry house and abundance of fresh air. It is a fallacy to think that a deep soil is a benefit to chrysanthemums. Four inches of soil has grown the finest flowers and no more is needed. If the largest flowers are looked for then planting is begun by middle of May, but good commercial flowers can be produced if planted from middle to end of June. If only one flower is wanted on a plant they can be planted six inches apart; if three blooms are wanted on a plant, or specimen blooms are expected, then eight to ten inches apart will be the thing. Plant firmly and leave a depression around each plant. As soon as the young plants have hold of the new soil go over the entire bed and make the soil solid by pounding with a brick or block of wood.