Wilton's Early

At the head of the list I name Wilson's Early, the largest blackberry in cultivation, ripening early, close after raspberries, before peaches are in market; when fruit is scarce it commands the highest price. Two years since, we sold the principal part of our crop from ten acres, at fifty cents per quart wholesale, which were afterwards sold in smaller quantities as high as one dollar per quart. This variety is being extensively cultivated. One fruit grower in West Jersey, having seventy-five acres of them in bearing, received the past year 920,000 for the fruit, realizing a clear profit, after deducting expenses, of $14,000, gathered within the space of three weeks' time.

Winding The Bodies Of Fruit-Trees With Straw

Old things become new in horticulture as well as other pursuits, and recently we find writers touching up, and justly so, the policy of winding the bodies of fruit-trees with straw bands, or with moss wound on with a string, in order to protect it from the direct rays of the sun or the immediate direct injurious action of cold. We practiced it many years ago with good results, and can safely advise the course as one especially valuable to be pursued with recently planted cherries or pears, more particularly those with long bodies which will be exposed to the sun.

Fowls will lay better and more regularly by being confined a part, say the morning, of each day.

Window Gardening. Geraniums And Indoor Decorations

Geranium Beds will now look branchy and uneven, especially if many varieties are massed together, and I would advise those interested in a showy bed of this kind to observe the following method, which if practiced judiciously will add surprisingly to the attractiveness of the bed.

Tall or uncouth branches when done blooming, cut as far beneath where the peduncle had emanated as your judgment may deem necessary. Cut away the tall unshapely branches in this manner soon as the blossoms show signs of decay, and the foliage and branches will grow even together like a finely shaped hedge.

This will detract none from the bloom whatever. The branches thus cut away may be used as cuttings; they will strike root in any cool, moist, shady place during summer.

'Tis an excellent plan to sink geraniums with pots in the open ground in summer, so that they may be removed at pleasure. I found this scheme to work admirably.

The Wine Crop In Illinois

Grape culture is becoming quite a business in Monroe County, Illinois. It is estimated that the citizens of that county will market 150,000 gallons of wines, which, at present rates will amount to $200,000.

The Wine Crop In Ohio, 1853

A private letter from a gentleman largely engaged in the culture of the Grape and wine making at Cincinnati, conveys the following information:

"This has been the best year for the Grape since 1848. The yield from some of the vineyards in this vicinity was enormous - 700 to 850 gallons per acre - although the general average for the county will not exceed 400. My own vineyard produced, from five acres in bearing, (12,160 vines,) 4,286 gallons of wine - 847 gallons to the acre. The cost of the whole crop will be $600 to $700. I expect to get for my wine, $1 to $1.25 per gallon, when ready for sale next summer. This, you will say, is profitable farming from a small piece of ground. The Grape, however, requires a peculiarly favorable position and soil, with prompt and careful attention, to make it: