We have here a somewhat uncommon vegetable one difficult to group, it has the sort of fibrous, matted rootstock which generally takes up large stores of food from the soil, and might, therefore, be expected to be quite at home with good dressings of dung. But there is something more than dung required by Asparagus. The fact that it will thrive without dung in some places, and will resolutely refuse to thrive with it in others, is a proof of this. The crop has some resemblance to Peas in its general characters. It dislikes a heavy, cold bottom; and it very much appreciates a moisture laden atmosphere. Success hardly turns on manuring, therefore, but rather on drainage and atmospheric humidity. However, manuring is our subject just now. Other things being right, Asparagus will do well if dressed every autumn with a mixture of short, dry, crumbly manure (not rank stuff) and burnt rubbish, followed in spring by a dressing of salt and nitrate of soda, 2 oz. of the former and 1 oz. of the latter per square yard, but salt should not be used on wet land.