Let sober Reflection, the Tiller employ, The sound seeds of Virtue will spring to his joy; To the Ruler of season's, let guatitude's voice, In His love and His wisdom for ever rejoice.
If any of the work recommended to be done in the last month was not accomplished, let it be done with all possible despatch this month, as we know not what a day may bring forth.
Cover with litter the roots of Grape Vines and Figs against walls, and cover the branches with mats, etc. In temperate climates prune Apple, Pear, Quince, and other hardy fruit trees; cut out rotten and decaying branches, 23 and 63.
To destroy insects on the fruit trees, and prevent them from creeping up and breeding on them, do as follows:-
Take a strong knife with a sharp point, and a sharp hooklike iron made for the purpose; with these scrape clean off all the moss and outside rough bark, and with the knife pick out or cut away the cankered parts of the bark and wood, in such a slanting manner that water cannot lodge in the sides of the stem of the trees. Having cleared the trees in this way, make up a mixture of lime, soot, and sulphur; put these ingredients into a pot or tub, pour boiling water upon them, and with a stick stir and mix them well together. When this strong mixture becomes cold, and about the thickness of white- wash, take a brush, dip it in the mixture, and apply it to the stems and large branches of the trees, dabbing it well into the hollow parts of the bark.
The pruning of hardy fruit trees and hardy shrubs may be performed at all favourable opportunities through the winter, 21 to 24.
For farther information on the winter management of Fruit Trees, the reader is referred to the articles commenc-ing pages 7, 13, 21, 30 and 32.