The Aloe

Something remarkable is reported of the aloe: a gardener near Paris one day scalded both his feet; he was quite alone, - no one within call; and compelled thus to shift for himself, he plucked a large aloe leaf, split it in two, and applied the raw surfaces to his feet. Much to his surprise, the pain at once ceased, and the leaf became of a violet color; while the next day no traces of the scald remained except a dark-blue stain. This curative property has been lately verified at the Museum at Paris, in a similar complete cure of a workman, whose whole back had been blistered by a rush of steam: and by Lemaire, professor of botany at Ghent, who cured the scalded arm of a cook in the same way. The aloe in question is the Soccotrine - that is, a native of Socotra, which, if desired, may be grown as an ornamental indoor plant, having a good leaf and flower. It is believed, however, that the aloe of the Cape of Good Hope would be equally efficacious.

Aloes As An Insect Slayer

I see you are alluding to Aloes for destroying insects! and I can assure you that I have not used anything else for the purpose, during more than a year past, and I have a friend who has done the same. We soak a pound of Barbadoes Aloes in two quarts of hot water, then add cold to make it up to six gallons. With this liquor you may dip or syringe as you like. Small plants I dip in the tab; and the large ones I syringe, leaving them for a day or two, then washing them afterwards with clean water. It is excellent lor fruit trees till the fruit sets, and then the Aloes are apt to make the fruit taste. I have not used any tobacco for any plant since I tried this. - T. L. (Others differ from T. L. - Ed).

Aloysia Citriodora

Aloysia Citriodora - called by some Lippia, in memory of a French botanist - ought to have had mention among arborescent plants. This is the lemon scented or sweet verbena. The flowers are of small account, but its elegant fragrant foliage and generally neat appearance gain much admiration. Trim old plants and re-pot them in the spring. Root the trimmings in wet sand, under a glass; then give those young plants a soil of garden earth, vegetable mould and gravel in equal proportions. Set the pots in a garden-bed, plunged to their rims, till September; then stir the soil often with an old table-fork, water sparingly, giving liquid manure once a week; take them to the parlor in October, let them have the sun six hours every day, keep the atmosphere moist, and not above 65° by day or 45° by night, and they will flourish wonderfully.

Alternate Row System

A strawberry grower at Memphis, Tenn. says: "Let others say what they please, but I am satisfied from careful observation that the alternate row system with hand cleaning amongst the vines, letting the runners root, is by far the best system for the South." Yes, and you might have added - for either North or South.

Always Be Planting A Tree

Considering the cost, and small amount of labor, there is no one thing that so amply repays as the planting of a tree. Well grown, it becomes always an object of beauty, a source of joy to the owner and his family - a pleasure to visitors and to the residents of a neighborhood - adds an appearance of increased value to the premises - improves the general effect of the scenery - becomes a protection from cold winds - reduces the severity of the temperature - enhances the rental value of a residence - often more admired than the most costly building, and finally can never be viewed without a thought of the supreme creative Power which "doeth all things well."