This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The English journals are discussing the use of salt on asparagus, most of the discussors condemning its use. There would be no dispute if they understood why salt is sometimes beneficial, as we think most American cultivators do. Its value lies chiefly in its power ot attracting moisture. Here we only use it in light dry soils, where it is decidedly of great benefit. In the moist climate and cool land of England, it is surprising that with this knowledge they should use it at all. It would be more surprising if they found much good in it.