Querist writes: "I notice in a book on peach culture before me that 1 am to collect the leaves of peaches stricken with the curl and burn them - what is the idea in this?"

[Truly the "idea" is not of much value, though it is often uppermost in the minds of fruit growers. The curl comes from a fungus, and the fungus increases from minute spores which in these plants of low organization take the place of seeds. The burning is to destroy these. But we fancy these spores are ever present, waiting the conditions necessary to let them germinate, and the few we burn are of little account. - Ed. G. M].