"We generally learn something monthly in the pages of the 'Gardener' about the cultivation of the Vine; and from the reliable character of the source, the information may be trusted. But although we get full details of the most advanced principles of growing Grapes, we hear very little as to the best mode of keeping them after they are ripe. It is no easy matter to keep Grapes all winter under circumstances like ours, having only two vineries, which are crammed full of bedding-plants. Every gardener knows the great difficulty there is in keeping Grapes hanging in a house filled with plants, although there are not a few who are, like myself, obliged to make the attempt. Perhaps it may be of service to some if I relate the mode I adopted last winter. On the 20th December I cut a quantity of the best bunches in the houses, leaving about 10 inches of the wood adhering to each bunch. The ends of the wood were inserted into bottles filled with water, and a pinch of animal charcoal put into each bottle. I placed them in a back shed in a rack made for the purpose. The shed is neither lathed nor plastered, but it was thoroughly dry when the Grapes were put into it. After I got them all placed, I locked the place up, determined to let the Grapes take their chance till winter for the table.

About the 1st of February the fruit that was left in the vineries was all consumed, being the seventh month from the time they ripened; and I was glad to see the end of them, for what with damping and shrivelling and clipping, they were not fit for any table. And I fancy our perplexity in attempting the keeping of the Grapes and the plants right together must have equalled Noah's in keeping so many kinds of live stock right the time of the Flood. I determined then to open up my treasure in the back shed; and it was a treasure ! Here they were as fresh and plump as the day they were put into the bottles. "They look excellent, certainly," was the first impression made on my mind. But I was rather taken aback when I beheld pillars of ice supporting some of the bunches, and in every bottle the water was frozen, and in many cases the bottles broken by the ice had fallen away, leaving the ice to fulfil its duty, which it did equally well, for the Grapes were in excellent condition. This shows how much frost Grapes will stand without injury, although, for the sake of the bottles, it would have been best to have kept out the frost.

When I sent the Grapes to the table, they were so much admired, that, like the host at the marriage-supper, I was called to account for keeping the best till the last. Much more might be said on this subject, but I will leave it for some of the long-headed men who have had much more experience than I.

W. K.

[No doubt the frost had something to do with the safe keeping of the Grapes, as it arrested decomposition. The facts stated are interesting and suggestive. - Ed].