We think some nurserymen are responsible for helping to spread the erroneous opinion that blackberries will grow any where, and will thrive well on poor soil without much attention. We find this not the case. Generous treatment with the blackberry pays as well as with the strawberry; plenty of manure and good cultivation will surely result in big berries and big crops, but if the manure is wanting and the soil is poor, we would under no manner of means neglect the cultivation once at least each week with the cultivator. Mr. A. M. Purdy, of the Small Fruit Recorder, gives an account of his first experiment with blackberries. Twenty-five years ago he bought at South Bend, Ind., a piece of land that was said to be too poor to grow white beans. The blackberries planted on it made a moderate growth, but subsequently bore enormous crops, being literally loaded to the ground. A richer piece of land was also planted, the bushes grew rank, but bore moderately, and winter killed badly. Blackberry bushes, like the large growing American grapes, do not want rich soil.

But the most important part of the preceding statement must not be omitted - the poor ground was thoroughly cultivated, or, in the words of the narrator, he "gave it a regular commotion that season with hoe and cultivator".