There having been so little time to make adequate preparation for the more important garden crops, we fear in many cases the qualities of garden seeds will be severely taxed, especially where land is very tenacious and wet. Some are easily tempted to sow their seeds, thinking that "delays are dangerous." In such cases as referred to, much haste is often the dangerous course. We have distinct recollections of what young beginners have accomplished by "much haste, but less speed." We once had a goodly order of seeds placed into our hands, which had been supplied to a young beginner, who had condemned nearly all and sundry as being worthless, and would not vegetate. Though it was the second year after they had been consigned, all and sundry (except such things as French Beans, and a few others), did not only vegetate, but were first - rate kinds. The seedsman (who, however, knew nothing of the affair) had been "shunted" as a dealer in "cheap, but worthless seeds." Now where soil turns up sticky, like pitch, wet and cold, we would advise waiting till it is tolerably dry, and would cover the seeds with fine soil from a dry shed, or from a heap of congenial material; and to give battle to slugs must be a speciality.

Have a quantity of ashes, shifted through a fine sieve; put the rough portion aside for burning; mix a little soot and lime with them (this is not indispensable); dust over the rows, rather thickly, by box-edgings, or near to Cabbage crops or other shelter, for vermin, and repeat it if weather or other influences should cause it to become inert. By attention to this we have never suffered materially from the slug pest. Birds are best kept off by nets or frame-work covered with wire - netting. Arrears of every description must be brought forward with every available means at command. To give weeds a check, the hoe or prong must be applied freely. When the weeds are just coming through the soil, then is the time for attack. Leaving them till there is something to "tug at" is giving the enemy quarters of "defence and offence." When young seedlings, such as Onions, Carrots, Turnips, etc, are coming up, they are often accompanied by double their number of weeds; and if the latter are not destroyed in their early stages they do much injury to the crops. All renovations ought to be brought to a close as early as possible.

Repairing of box and other edgings, edging tiles misplaced by frost, gravelling of walks, reducing overgrown collections of herbs (dividing and replanting these is the most satisfactory treatment they can receive), are some of the items of labour which require attention before the season advances too far. Let all growing crops, such as Cabbage, Broad Beans, Peas, Lettuce, etc., have the hoe or prong neatly worked among them. A sweet-growing surface is of great benefit to the plants. Cabbage and main crops of Cauliflower may be planted out from the winter stores, or what have been raised early under glass.

Cauliflower under hand-lights may be mulched with rotten manure; this will encourage free growth and help much to prevent the young plants "button- ! ing." If weather should be dry and warm, give guano-water in mild form; or when rain falls in what is known as April showers, remove the covers from hand-lights and bell-glasses or clocks, where they are in use, for a few hours. Crops of Peas and Beans should be sown for successions about three times during the month. Several kinds, to come in at different dates, may be sown at one time. Stake Peas before they fall over, and twist their stems at surface of soil. All the Brassica tribe of plants may be sown on a thoroughly prepared border, made firm. Small seeds require little covering, and should not be sown thickly. Drills, we need hardly say, are most suitable for these, and require less labour. The old system of sowing broadcast is almost out of date. Broccoli for main crops may be sown about the middle of month; also more Cabbage (a pinch of Bed Cabbage may be of service), Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflowers, Savoys, and Kale of the various kinds. The two latter have been of much value during the late severe winter; and successions of these, as well as very late Broccoli, are useful during extra severe weather.

Sow for main crop Carrots. James's Scarlet is one of the most useful; Long Surrey is one of the longest; Early Nantes and Shorthorn are the earliest. Deep, well-broken ground, not too rich, suits these well; sand and fine siftings from coal - ashes pointed into the ground is an aid in supplying clean growth. Turnips, Spinach, Badishes, and small Salads ought to be sown about every 7 to 10 days. They get so quickly out of use, that it is well to have quantities in close succession. Celery may be sown on a border under a hand-light, or in a frame; but a few hoops, placed so that a mat may be thrown over when frost is expected, answers well in most cases and positions for late crops of Celery. Let the earlier crops be pricked out in frames or in boxes and protected with glass. If they are allowed to be coddled and drawn up for want of light and air, they are sure to run to seed before they are of any use. A little Beet may be sown for a first lot; but it is early enough to sow about end of month, and early in May, for main crops. Deep, well-broken soil suits this root; hot, dry, very poor soil renders the roots tough, stringy, and colourless. The main crop of Leeks may yet be sown. As soon as the early lot are ready to plant they should be placed in rich, well-cultivated soil.

Early-sown crops should be examined to see that they are safe from slugs, or coming up at all. Sow again where there is danger of failure. Parsley may be sown for edgings where such is required. Plant out main crop of Potatoes, also Jerusalem Artichokes, and Seakale roots of a few inches long. Asparagus may be planted and sown to keep up supplies where much is lifted and forced. Dustings of salt and guano sprinkled lightly over Asparagus-beds coming into bearing are of much service in giving large crowns. Guano-water may be used for the same purpose. Preparation should be made for crops of Mushrooms to come in during latter part of May and in June. A bed formed in a cellar or other position, cool and away from sun and heat, is very desirable. New spawn is much safer than old. In the early part of the season, our beds made with old spawn came in thin and took a long time to start into bearing; but at present beds made with far less care are a mass of fine Mushrooms: the spawn was fresh. French Beans may be planted from pots into frames and pits from where Potatoes were lifted: those bearing may be helped with guano-water. Late crops of forced Potatoes should have the lights off them daily.

In fact, the latter are only required as protection.

M. T.