The French vintage
--The Moniteur Vinicole
gives the following description of the prospects of the next vintage: "The appearance of the vineyards is at present magnificent.
The vines are pushing forth buds, thanks to the warm weather we have experienced for some days.
The mischief caused by the late frosts is not so serious as was at first apprehended.
There is nothing more to be feared from frost, but there is much to dread from the couture
and the oidium.
--Precautions ought, consequently, to be forthwith adopted against these two new enemies." The Moniteur Vinicole
recommends as a precaution against the coulure
the removing of the extremity of the fruit-bearing bud some days previous to the blossoming.--Blowing sulphur on the vine stalks is at present admitted as efficacious against the oidium.