S. D. Pratt, of Penn Yan, N. Y., in an article to the Farmer's Club, N. Y., upon his experience with peach trees, says:

Remembering Prof. Liebig's theory that, when a vegetable is burned, the part which came from the air in the process of its growth returns to the atmosphere, and the part which came from the ground is reduced to ashes, I came to the conclusion that ashes would be beneficial when applied to the roots of the trees. They were standing in soil strongly inclining to clay, with a turf around them which had not been removed for several years. After pruning them properly, removing every indication of worms, etc., and washing the body and branches with soap-suds, I began operations below - first removing the turf about two feet around the tree, then with a garden pick the ground was loosened from six to twelve inches in depth, taking care not to injure the larger roots. Twenty or thirty quarts of loose dirt were removed, leaving a large cavity, shaped like a saucer, with the tree standing in the center. About one pint of unleached ashes was sprinkled about the tree, and upon this chip manure was placed, nearly filling the cavity. Another pint of ashes was sprinkled upon the fertilizer, which was gently pressed down, and the whole covered with the loose dirt taken from the cavity, leaving the surface nearly as it was, excepting the turf. A young orchard was treated in a similar way.

The effect was wonderful. Plum trees that were "going to the bad," revived. Peach trees that had presented small and shriveled leaves threw out a luxuriant foliage, and cherry trees gave fruit larger and fairer than ever before.