This being the last month of the year, it is a very suitable time to "take stock" of the garden and its produce; note what improvements on the past system of management may have attention; also the value of the class of vegetables which have been cultivated - what should be discarded, and what are worthy of retaining for future crops. Such a system, well carried out, saves disappointment and waste. The seed-bill will soon be put into form, and one does not wish a repetition of inferior and unsuitable kinds. All gardening practice should be made as simple as possible; and noting one's experience tends greatly towards that end. Few practical men keep in the same beaten track with due success attending it. Improvements can be made in most gardens, however small they may be. We find that we have many kinds of vegetables which we would not like to cultivate on our heavy land again. Several varieties of Celery, Brussels Sprouts, Lettuce, Onions, and Potatoes, are in the list, which will require revision. Celery, as an example, is large, well blanched, and sound; but while some of the kinds are solid, nutty, and of general good quality, others, though large, are very inferior.

Two kinds we like much are Major Clarke's Red and Turner's Incomparable - the latter is under many synonyms.

Arrange as far as possible what the plots are to contain next year, and manure or other preparations can be applied accordingly. Roots do well where ground was well prepared the previous year with manure. Most crops do satisfactorily in deep well-prepared ground. Cabbage and most of the Brassica kinds (not Broccoli) thrive on well-manured land. What improvements are to be made (if any) should have attention while weather is open. Treading about on wet ground is a practice which should be abhorred.

Plenty of work in frosty weather is always at hand : stake-making, seed-cleaning, Onion and root inspecting, label-making (large ones are wanted for vegetable crops), manure-turning, burning of brushwood, and storing the ashes for using as a mixture in soils. A good quantity of leaves ought to be stored where they can be had. When rotted by using them in hotbeds or otherwise, they are excellent for heavy soils, or such as do not require rich dressings of manure. Trenching and digging may be pushed forward where any ground becomes vacant. Manure-wheeling is always suitable for frosty weather. The last three winters of severe weather caught many "napping," which led to a deal of bustle when spring arrived. Protecting of crops must not be overlooked. Artichokes, if not already done, should have litter placed round their collars, or fine coal - ashes. This applies to Globe kinds. The roots of Jerusalem Artichokes may be protected with ashes or litter placed over them. They are hardy, but when severe weather sets in they cannot be got from the ground if left exposed. Celery should have litter thrown over the ridges; but they are better exposed while weather is mild. Asparagus should not be smothered with heavy, wet, holding manure.

Well-rotted hotbed manure suits it well, and richer stuff may be given early in spring, and neatly pointed into the ground. Channels may be made to lead off surplus water. Peas and Beans may be sown on a warm dry border, and dusted with red-lead mixed with ashes : rats and mice would then be kept from them. Earth up Celery where required, but not to choke up the hearts and cause rotting. Beet may be covered with ashes, if preferred to have it fresh from the ground.

Broccoli may be lifted to pits if such are to spare for protection. Orchardhouses and such structures are of much value for the purpose of protecting vegetables. Heeling them over is an old practice which still has many admirers. Certainly, when plants are close to the ground, the use of litter in extra sharp weather is of good effect, and can be easily applied. Some are ](leased with huge plants; but still', firm, small ones are most preferable. We have seen the inexperienced delighted with their gross growth, while their neighbour, from sad experience, aimed at small hardy plants of Broccoli; and we need not say who had most to be thankful for when spring arrived. Lettuce and Endive should be put under protection against severe weather. A board laid over the Endive blanches it well; or it may be tied up till it is white in the hearts.

Leeks and Parsnips should be put into store (small lots at a time) against severe weather. Turnips may have the soil drawn over them in the rows. A quantity may be placed in pits, or covered with straw in sheds or outhouses. A warm border should be prepared for early crops, such as Carrots, Potatoes, Radishes, etc. When thrown up to the weather for a fewweeks, and then well broken, mixing in it sand and light soil, it is in good condition for fine seeds or early crops of any kind. Forcing of Asparagus, French Beans, Rhubarb, and Seakale should now be on the way if these are to be had at Christmas: attend to former directions regarding them. Potatoes (early Kidneys) may be placed in heat and moisture, to sprout and get ready for planting in pots, or on gentle warmth in pits or frames. Put plenty of small salads into growth. Make Mushroom-beds often, of small size in preference to large. If one lot goes wrong, the other soon takes its place. Small beds every fortnight or three weeks are safer than large ones made once in two months or so. Herbs should be potted or boxed, according to the quantity wanted. Mint, Tara-gon, Sorrel, and some others are what there is most demand for.

Parsley, Cauliflower, and other plants in frames, should have all the air possible; only keep off severe frost and drenching rains. Portable plant-protectors (now so favourably known) are of great value in vegetable-gardens, or where-ever one may wish to keep off severe weather. M. T.