The present time is favourable for noting the kinds of vegetables which have proved satisfactory during the past season. They may be committed to paper systematically, and when the seed-list is formed, those which are most worthy may be retained as the favourites for next season. A scheme may also be formed so that arrangements may be made for next year's cropping - trenching and manuring accordingly. The haphazard method of manuring and cropping gardens is very objectionable: by it a less supply is obtained, labour is increased, and disorder is a sure accompaniment.

Trenching may now begin, ridging up the soil to the weather. If the subsoil is tenaceous clay, it should be well turned over in the bottom, and not brought to the surface, except the latter be rich and light soil; the stronger soil would then be an advantage if brought up in small proportion - and so would sand be to strong clay. But in well - cropped gardens there will be little vacant ground to turn up for some time to come. A general preparation may now be made to meet all requirements during sudden changes of weather, as it often happens after a wet season severe frost sets in suddenly. We remember what followed the cold and wet summer of 1860 - a season only second to 1879 for untoward weather, - the intensity of the frost became a household word; but the great mischief was from unripened growth; and the softness and juicy nature of all vegetable productions succumbed to the severe and sudden change which took 'place at the end of the year. A quantity of Fern-litter, hay-bands, old mats, wooden shutters, frames, and every kind of protector, may be ready for use at the shortest notice, as frost gives so little warning.

Lettuce and Endive may be lifted into frames, with good balls of earth at their roots, placed closely together, the roots covered nicely with soil, giving water as planting goes on, and placing dry soil over the surface. They will keep in this way for many weeks and give little trouble. Young plantations or successions in the ground should be in a dry position, as damp does more harm than frost. Celery, after being earthed up, may have a quantity of litter or Fern placed over and among them, without breaking the stems or leaves; but only while frost lasts should the covering remain on, as damp harboured about Celery rots it very quickly. Artichokes (Globe) should have litter placed round the collars and over the roots of the plants: the Jerusalem kind may have litter thrown over a portion in the ground, so that they may be lifted when wanted during severe weather. Parsnips may also be covered in this way; but a few weeks' supply of both, lifted and placed in a shed or under cover elsewhere, and a quantity of straw thrown over, will keep them in a come-at-able state till a thaw sets in. But roots of these, and even Beet and Carrots, are better flavoured when dug fresh from the ground.

The latter should be under a covering of litter, sand, or ashes, as they would not be benefited by frost.

Asparagus beds should be trimmed as soon as the stems are ripe. If there is any fear of the crowns not being matured, let the stems at first be cut only half their length. Heavy coatings of manure placed over unripened crowns are likely to do them more harm than good; dry litter or sand would be safer, and before growth commences it could be removed and a coating of rich manure forked into the surface of beds, leaving crowns and roots untouched.

Beans and Peas may be sown any time this month, when preferred to raising them under glass in pots, boxes, or otherwise. The ground should be thoroughly trenched, and the surface levelled for the seed-rows; indeed, the trenches may remain ridged between the Peas, to act as drainage if ground is wet and cold. When the seeds are sprinkled in rows on the surface of the soil they may have red-lead sprinkled over them, and where the land is heavy, a fine coating of dry soil should be laid over them before the general covering is made. Beans may be also planted in the usual way on a dry border: Mazagan is the one generally sown at this season. These seeds should be sown more thickly at this season than during the spring and summer months. If much rain should fall, or much surface-water should lie about after thawing of snow, it is well to make outlets so that water should pass away rapidly from crops. Celery should have special attention as to this. Broccoli may still be laid down with the hearts to the north to check gross growth: better small heads than risk such destruction as overtook most of the Broccolis last year.

Dust soot and fine ashes among young Cabbage crops, to check grubs and slugs; plenty of lime may be dusted among them, - sliced Turnips and Cabbage-leaves used as traps for slugs. Forcing of Peas in pots; Radishes in frames; Carrots for drawing young; and fresh Potatoes for Christmas, now well forward in pots, - should have careful attention; plenty of light and air, careful watering and protection from frost, are their chief wants. The thermometer should not fall below 45° for these. Chicory should be blanched in pits, boxes with covers, Mushroom-house, or in any position where light and air can be kept from the plants. Keep Cauliflowers and Lettuce plants in frames and hand-lights growing steadily with abundance of air and light: keep the surfaces open and clean by stirring the soil. Asparagus, French Beans, and Tomatoes do well in a temperature about 55° to 60° in absence of sun. Rhubarb, Seakale, and Mushrooms may now be fairly started. Slow forcing gives the best produce. Take in successions according to demand.

A steady and regular supply is preferable to a glut followed by a scarcity.

M. T.