On the grounds of the Agricultural College Farm at Newark, is an experimental farm and fruit garden under the direction of Prof. E. D. Porter. Here is a pear orchard of one thousand trees, planted ten years ago. The ground was very thoroughly prepared and trees rightly planted. Since that time they have been cultivated entirely and literally in correspondence with the system of " grass cultivation" advocated in The Gardener's Monthly.

The entire orchard was permitted to run into grass. It was cut several times every year, and allowed to rot on the ground. In addition to this, a good supply of well-rotted barnyard manure was spread over the land as an annual top dressing, and pains taken to secure a good, vigorous, healthy growth as far as possible.

But notwithstanding all this, the trees have in large measure died. More are dying, and of those that are left, the fruit is small and inferior. Prof. Porter considers the "grass system" a failure for any orchard. Ten years of experience entitles him to speak with authority, and he will plow up the soil this Fall with hope of saving the balance left alive. There is a fine vineyard in connection with the farm, and out of a large number of varieties planted, the best are the Concord, Hartford Prolific and Clinton.