A general complaint exists in this vicinity in the cultivation of the Gooseberry, from mildew invariably appearing, when the berry is well formed; and the fruit afterwards mostly dropping of; what remains being quite useless. The soil is very sandy, resting on clay.

Four years since I planted, where I reside, three dozens of the choicest sorts, all fine plants, with single stems; they are well grown and handsome bushes; but notwithstanding every care in the culture; and various experiments, each season has been attended with the same disappointment, from mildew, until the present year; when, following the plan of a neighbor, who has always an abundant crop, I introduced under each bush two large stout shingles joining at the stem, and enclosing thus, extending to the outside of the branches, on the ground (my neighbor uses boards). The result has been a fine crop free from mildew, in a season when every other description of fruit in my garden, and with others, is a complete failure.

One bush in another compartment was not thus treated; and all the fruit on it was mildewed, and dropt off.

This information may perhaps be useful to others, through the medium of your widely circulating, and valuable Horticulturist, and I am therefore induced to send it. I think it important that the shingle covering should extend to the outside extremities of the branches. I fix them as soon as the fruit is set.

P.S. - I cannot but add how important a service would be rendered to horticulture, by exterminating the "curculio".

When placed on the ground the two edges are to be joined.

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