The push of general work will now be well over for the present season, so far as active cropping is concerned; but it is not likely that there will be much time to spare from active labour in the best kept of gardens. We find, from the lateness of the season and the long-continued heavy rains, that many arrears are to be brought forward. Most crops are good and abundant - they have been secured with much trouble - and the ground (strong clay) having been manipulated under the most difficult circumstances, it is far from our idea of "high cultivation." Therefore, in such cases prong and hoe must be plied with extra vigour. Soil which has been properly worked in former years will not suffer much for absence of spade or manure, should it be found very difficult to give the manure needful for one season. Thorough surface - breaking will do much to improve the crops. "Weeds have everywhere been a formidable enemy to cultivators this season; and if they have seeded to any extent, they will give plenty of labour for a long time to come.

It has been our practice periodically to turn every hand on weed-destroying - going over every portion of the ground before a halt was made, never waiting till they get any size; and by this means we have comparatively saved much labour, and have a weedless garden to boot. Those who adopt the system of allowing the weeds to seed will find that they have always abundance of labour on hand, and a very shabby garden. Some weeks ago we had some thirty-six cottagers' allotments to go over, and to adjudicate seven prizes for the best cropped and best kept. All were under such good cultivation, that it was difficult to give the awards - weeds there seemed to be none, but no vacant soil was to be seen anywhere. Even in such a season it shows "where there's a will there's a way." A general clearance of all remains of crops should be made. When there is nothing being returned from the ground, better to have it clean than burdened with decaying vegetation. Thinnings of crops, especially those to stand through the winter, should be made without delay. Crowding makes them tender and ill-suited to battle with severe frost or much damp.

This applies to Parsley, Spinach, Turnips, Lettuce, Carrots (late sowings for drawing young), Onions, and Radishes. Thinnings of Parsley, Spinach, Lettuce, and young Onions may be transplanted if there is likely to be a scarcity of them. More Cabbage may be sown, to be a succession to the main sowings; or should they have an accident, a few hundreds of plants ready to plant out in March or April will be of much service where there is a heavy demand in the early summer months. Plant out thickly all Cabbage which are forward enough for planting; others may be pricked out for October planting. Deeply-trenched ground, with a good coating of rich manure under the top spit, will keep the crop safe through the winter, and when the roots become active in spring, they will run greedily into the manure, and the Cabbage will be of great size and very tender. Cabbage grown on poor sandy soil in starved condition are of inferior quality - tough and indigestible. Cauliflower may be sown again in a shallow frame on light soil: a handlight or two would protect a good succession, and if kept growing with plenty of light and air, and kept thin, they would be excellent for planting out next April. Plant under handlights, or other protectors, on a sloping border well sheltered, the Cauliflowers which are to come in early.

Coddling must be strictly avoided. The same applies to Lettuce to be brought forward under protection: have many more planted out than the number likely to be applied. Carrots sown now - Early Nantes and Shorthorn - would come in very useful where young Carrots are in request. We find most people will use these when they can get them easily. Soil made fine, and well dusted with soot and ashes, is a suitable position for them. Celery may be well earthed up (well watered with manure water first). Keep all suckers off; and if slugs are likely to be troublesome, dust with lime and finely-sifted ashes. Better to plant up vacant ground thickly with Kale, Savoys, and other kinds of crops, than have it empty during the winter. It is yet too soon to allow ground to be prepared by trenching for next year's work; but rather than it should be a receptacle for weeds, trench it up and expose a rough surface to action of the weather: it could be forked over and well manured for cropping after the turn of the year. Turnips may (in some southern localities) be sown early in the month to fill up Potato-ground; but in northern parts this cannot generally be done with any degree of service.

French Beans and Scarlet Runners may be protected with glass frames, or hoops, on which mats may be thrown over at night. The season having been so late, it is all the more necessary to prolong the supplies as far as possible. More French Beans may be sown in pots and in frames to succeed those in open ground. Protect Vegetable Marrows, ridge Cucumbers, Ghirkins, or other tender crops, when weather may seem inclined to be frosty: cold drenching rains would help to prolong the season of these. Tomatoes and Chillies may be protected in the same way. They have been grown this year with more than ordinary labour, and should be made the best of. Potatoes in pots and frames ought to be protected when they are growing: if placed in a sheltered position where light and air will reach them freely, covered hoops or a framework of mats would keep them safe during frosty nights. Mushroom-beds may be made behind walls, in cellars, outhouses, or anywhere. Get a stock of soil and other necessaries ready for winter forcing of vegetables.

M. T.