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Gardening: Potatoes should now be planted, both in the garden and field, for a general crop for the winter consumption: this is the best season of the year for planting this valuable root, as these potatoes will come into use in the middle of winter and beginning of spring, when cabbages, turnips, &c. generally run to feed: Dry wheat stubble, where the land is light, or new ground is the best to plant them in: The sets should be the produce of the preceding winter crop; and when planted should have a covering of light manure; for if they be planted without dung they will greatly impoverish the ground: but if manured, be of very essential service to it. - Carrots may also be sown this month for a general crop; the ground should be dug very deep, and broke very fine. If the ground is light, sow the seed in a clam day, and tread it in. Carrots may be sown for table use at several seasons of the year;  and Lettuces; Radishes, and small Sallad for a constant supply, may be sown every month.
Agriculture: The farmer should now be diligent in cleaning his Maize, and breaking up the ground he intends to sow with Wheat and Barley. Experience has shewn that no certain crop can be produced if the ground is not ploughed or broken up two or three months before seed time. The longer it is exposed to the influence of the sun and air, the better it will be prepared for the reception of the seed. as the summer heat will tend to kill the weeds, meliorate the soil, and give the farmer a greater probability of reaping the reward of his toils. Should he neglect to plough or hoe his ground till near seed time, the weeds will overrun it, and greatly impoverish the land; their destruction will be much more laborious and difficult; and, should the autumn prove wet, they may prevent him from sowing the ground he intended.
Sheep: In the beginning of this month the Ram should be sent to the old Ewe Flocks in order that they may bring forth in winter. Winter lambs will always be found much stronger and hardier sheep that those lambed in summer; they will also be ready to wean the latter end of August or the beginning of September, when the spring will afford them plenty of grass; so that the young lambs will feel no check when taken from the mother. Young ewes lambed last May and June should be selected into a separate flock, and kept from the ram till March: if they are suffered to remain with the flock, many of them will lamb in June, at the time the old ewes do. Young ewes generally rear their first lambs with difficulty; on that account they should not lamb before spring, when the weather is warmer, and the grass better.
Gardening: Ground should now be prepared for Cabbages and Turnips; at the latter end of the month should there be any gentle showers, some turnips may be sown.  Cabbages may be sown every three months for a constant supply; all sorts of sweet herbs should be slipt this month. Trees of every kind should now be budded, but the tops of the budded flocks should not be cut off till September following; when such buds as look well will make vigorous shoots. Peaches may be budded upon their own stocks, or upon plumbs, almonds, or apricots. The English Mulberry upon the cherry or Cape; but they will take better upon the former. Oranges will succeed well upon lemons. It is better to bud all tenden