Fruit that are ripening should have an abundant supply of air night and day. If any are shaded by the leaves, push the latter aside so that light can reach the fruit, or it will not colour properly. If to be packed and sent to a distance, the fruit should be picked a day before it is quite ripe. They carry more safely, and can be kept a longer time when such is necessary. All trees from which the crop is gathered syringe freely every line day to keep the foliage healthy to the last, and give to old trees a good soaking of manure-water immediately the crop is all gathered - i.e., if the border is dry - and cut out at once all wood not required for next year's crop. If the house requires painting or any repairs, now is a good time to see to such, when the lights, if movable, can be removed with impunity. Crops swelling off should be encouraged with waterings and mulchings of manure, and daily syringings when the house is shut up. Any amount of attention should not be considered too much to keep red-spider at bay, and the foliage healthy to the last.

Avoid crowding in too much wood in the cool houses which generally have the worst chance of getting well-ripened wood.

Peach Forcing #1

See that trees from which the fruit are all gathered are not neglected. These should not be allowed to suffer for want of water; and if they have their roots partially in inside borders where rain cannot reach, they should be watered. The foliage should be kept clean and fresh by occasional syringings in dry weather, and should red spider appear mix a handful of flour of sulphur with the water, so that it may settle on the leaves. Remove all superfluous wood not necessary for next year's crop at once, so that light and air can play freely about the foliage and wood. If the weather be dry give copious waterings of dung-water to trees swelling off late crops, until they begin to ripen. "When more fruit ripens at one time than are enough for the demand, a quantity of them may be gathered before they are quite ripe and placed in a cool fruit-room. We have kept Peaches for fourteen days after being ripe, by placing them in close tin boxes and putting them in an ice-house. Keep the early-house cool, and should any repairs be necessary now is a good time to see to them.

Peach Forcing #2

Should there be any trace of red-spider on trees from which crops . are all gathered, let them be vigorously syringed with clean water till it is conquered. See that these are not allowed to become too dry at the root when in inside borders. Where the growths are strong and yet green and soft, apply fire-heat and a free circulation of air until they are ripened. Crops in cool late houses will now be ripe; look over them every day, morning and evening, and gather those that are ripe. Push any leaves that may be shading the fruit aside to let the sun get fully at them. If it is desired to keep fruit for some time after being almost ripe, gather them a day sooner than usual and place them in close tin boxes on dry wadding, and put the boxes in the ice-house. In this way they keep well for fourteen days at least.

Peach Forcing #3

Keep all trees that are well ripened, cool and well aired; but where the wood in late houses is still unripe, fire and keep up a circulation of air about the trees till they are ripe. Trees that were planted a season or two ago, and that have grown grossly, should be partially lifted just as they begin to shed their leaves. Where new borders and planting young trees is contemplated, this is an excellent month for the operation. But the trees should not be moved too early, or the wood will shrivel. It should be done just as the leaves are ready to drop. Some of late varieties of fruit in late cool houses will be to gather yet; see that these are exposed to all the sun going, or they will be colourless and deficient in flavour.

Peach Forcing #4

If there are any leaves hanging about trees in late houses, give them a brush occasionally with a hair broom and bring them off. When forcing is to be commenced by the beginning of December, the trees should be pruned; all the glass, wood, and wirework, either well-scrubbed with soap - and - water or painted. Dress the trees with the usual coating of sulphur, soot, and clay, especially if there has been any spider about them last season. Fork up any inert soil from the surface of the border, and replace it with fresh loam and some half-inch bones; and in the case of trees that are established and bearing heavily, add some horse-droppings. If the inside border is dry, give it a good soaking of tepid water towards the end of the month, and protect the outside border, as in the case of early Vines. If the house is started the end of this month, 40° to 45° will be heat enough to begin with.

Peach Forcing #5

If the early trees have been pruned, etc., as directed last month, and shut up for the last fortnight, fire-heat should now be applied to keep the night temperature at 50° in mild weather, allowing it to decline a few degrees when cold. The secret of success in early forcing the Peach is to force cautiously, giving a little air daily, so that the bloom and the sexual organs are strongly developed. These conditions render a good set almost certain under favourable circumstances. Keep the atmosphere moderately moist by sprinkling the surface of the inside borders. The outside border should be managed much the same as directed for early Vines. Prune and otherwise put succession houses in order for forcing. Where young trees are still to plant, let this be completed at once if other arrangements are suitable. Much more depends on the border being in good condition when planting is performed than on planting at any given time. Planting can be successfully carried out from now till the time the buds begin to move outside.