Where Peaches are ripening look over the trees, and if any of the fruits are shaded by the leaves push the latter aside so that sun and air can play freely about each fruit to flavour and colour it properly. Give them more air and less moisture, but take good care that inside borders do not become over dry. The better way is to give a thorough soaking as soon as first signs of the approach of the ripening process appear. If crops that have completed the stoning process be considered too heavy a crop for the the trees to properly swell and mature, lose no time in thinning them off: the night temperature for these should now be 65°. Syringe freely every fine day, and shut up early with sun-heat, and pay particular attention to the state of inside borders as regards watering. Older and heavy - bearing trees should be liberally supplied with dang-water. In tying in the wood of later trees, remove every shoot that is not required to furnish the trees with the requisite amount of young wood for next year's crop. The crowding in of wood in summer, and the cutting of it out at pruning - time, ought to be an obsolete system. Keep a sharp look out for greenfly and red-spider, and get rid of it at once.

There is nothing more certain than tobacco smoke for the former, and vigorous syringings for the latter.

Peach Forcing #1

Keep Peaches that are ripe and ripening well ventilated; and if any of the fruits are shaded with leaves, push them aside so that sun and air can play freely about them When the early crops are all gatheerd give the trees a good washing with the engine; and if there is any red-spider on the foliage, mix a handful of flowers of sulphur with the water. Give inside borders a good soaking of water as soon as the crop is all gathered. Look over the trees and remove at once any shoots that are causing a crowd of foliage. Supply trees that are swelling-off their crop abundantly with water, in cases where the borders are inside. Syringe the trees every fine afternoon when the house is shut up, with sun-heat at 80° for a time, and do not let it sink below 65° by morning. Thin the fruit and tie in the shoots in later houses. Keep green - fly down in the latest cool houses by fumigation with tobacco or syringing with Simpson's Wash. Young trees planted this season will now be growing freely; keep them neatly tied in to their trellis, and pinch the points out of any strong-growing shoots that are getting ahead of the others.

Peach Forcing #2

Let crops that are colouring have abundance of air, and see that every fruit is fully exposed to light. Look over ripe crops every day, and gather those that are ready for table. Lay them on some soft material, such as sheets of cotton-wadding covered with tissue-paper. Give crops that are swelling off copious watering with liquid manure if the weather be dry. Syringe the trees freely every afternoon until the first signs of ripening. To keep the foliage of trees from which the crop is all gathered healthy and clean, syringe them frequently with a weak solution of soft soap. Keep them as cool and well aired as possible, and if the weather be dry and hot see that the borders do not become too dry. Tie in at intervals the shoots of young growing trees, and stop such as may be getting much in advance of the others. Avoid crowding the trees with more shoots than are necessary to furnish them well.

Peach Forcing #3

One of the greatest evils in Peach-growing is that of tying in more young wood than there is ample room for. Look carefully over all trees, and where the leaves are crowded, and shading each other and the wood, do not hesitate to remove superfluous shoots. This should especially be seen to as the crop is gathered from each tree, so that light and air can play freely about every bud. Syringe all trees from which the crop is gathered; and if there be any spider about them, mix a handful of sulphur with the water. See that all trees swelling off full crops are well supported with copious waterings of liquid manure in dry weather. Look over ripening crops twice daily in sunny weather, and gather all fruits that are ready for table. If to be packed and sent by rail, do not let the fruit be too ripe. Expose ripening fruits to the full sun by pushing aside any leaves that partially shade them. Continue to syringe late varieties in cool houses every fine afternoon, and see that all such that have their roots in inside borders are well watered.

Peach Forcing #4

The season having been so unusually sunless, wet, and cold, there is special necessity for giving artificial heat to ripen the wood, especially of young strong-growing Peach-trees, thoroughly. Look over trees from which the fruit has lately been cleared off, and thin out all shoots that are not required to furnish the trees sufficiently for another season; and keep up a circulation of warm air in the houses until the wood is ripe. If there be any red-spider about the foliage, give an occasional washing with the engine on fine afternoons. Crops in cool houses will be ripening, and if flies or wasps are troublesome, fix hexagon netting over the ventilating opens to keep such pests out. Look over the trees every day, and gather ripe fruit before it drops. See that late varieties under heavy crops, and that have the chief of their roots in inside borders, are well supplied with water.