We never yet knew any way to make pear trees bear, but to feed them well and take care of them, but even too much of this brings the blight, especially on naturally rich ground. To escape this blight, some growers take the other extreme, and recommend starving them. Mr. George Hus8mann, of Missouri, takes this ground, which we think sorry advice for all parts of the United States. It might answer for the rich soil of Missouri, but not for the Eastern States.

Mr. H. says he has been growing pears for twenty-five years. When he commenced he had pears on rich land and cultivated them highly; they grew fast, and as soon as they commenced to bear, commenced to blight.

" I looked into the matter carefully and thoroughly, and soon became convinced that, in order to raise pears successfully we must starve our trees; and the next pear orchard I planted and cultivated with this end in view, and I succeeded, and one of the regrets of my life is that I ever disposed of that orchard. It is a permanent income to the present owner. It consists of 900 trees, 300 dwarf and 600 standard for market, and some 150 specimen trees for experiment. My trees were selected and grown with low heads. In this way a standard will bear as early as a dwarf, especially on poor soil. Standard Bartletts will bear the second year from planting; Beurre Bosc and Flemish Beauty the third, and nearly all the fourth year. Choose poor soil, plow deeply, get your trees with low heads, plant carefully, and give very little cultivation and no manure, and you need not apprehend much, if any, damage from blight."

We have a pear orchard planted on light soil, yet we find it pays to manure them well with bone, lime, ashes, muck, etc. None of these fertilizers will ever induce blight. No pear grower should neglect giving his trees good nourishment. The starving process is a failure at last.

Starving Pear Trees #1

Since writing a previous paragraph on Pear trees, on this very subject we have met with a little capital advice given by Shirley Hib-berd, of the London Gardener's Magazine, to an inquirer who asked why his trees and fruit did not thrive. He tells him that his trees and fruit are shrivelled by root pruning, and then adds - " you had better burn Mr. Rivers' books, forget all you have read about root pruning and pinching and other starving processes, and lay a foot deep of fat stable manure over the roots of the trees at once. The trees have been trying hard to do you good service, and in your light soil want help, and, as regards roots, they cannot have too many."