Asparagus will soon be showing a yellow tint, gradually ripening: when ripe it should be cut down. The beds or rows require to be cleared of weeds. Some cover the whole surface with a coating of manure or soil; many leave it alone. Asparagus is a hardy plant, but when grown so large as it is often met with, it is tender, and liable to rot in the ground. Frost and wet often finish it. We believe that keeping the plants as dry as possible, especially in northern and damp districts (where the plants are late in maturing their growth), has more to do with keeping the roots healthy than is generally recognised. Cabbage is often planted in quantity in the south at this season, but in the north it is better to keep the plants in sheltered quarters and plant them in March. The smaller plants are often left where they were sown, but it is better to lift them and replant them in sizes, leaving them equidistant. Lettuces should not be allowed to remain too thickly in the beds. "When thick they are easily destroyed by frost and damp. More may be planted under walls on ridges, or in turf-pits. A quantity of full-grown plants may be lifted and placed under shelter, giving them all the light and air possible.

Dustings of lime, soot, or small coal-ashes should be placed among young plants to keep slugs in check. Endive may be blanched by placing a board over the plants, keeping them from the air. Tying them up answers well for blanching, but only a few should be done at one time, according to demand; they soon root when weather is damp. Cauliflowers, if not already planted under hand-lights, should have attention soon, keeping the covers on when weather is severe, but giving all the air possible while mild weather prevails. Celery should be earthed-up to its full height before the weather renders it impossible to do the work well. Many are still opposed to the "one-earthing" system, which is attended with more risk if left very late and weather should set in wet. Carrots may be lifted and allowed to lie on the ground a few hours to dry a little, and then be placed under cover, with straw thrown over them, or placed in pits the same as potatoes. Beet may be treated in a similar manner. Keeping them from being shrivelled is a great object. The tops should not be cut off too close to cause bleeding. A few Parsnips may be dug up at short intervals as required. They generally keep best in the ground till they are about to grow at the crowns.

Onions, if still out, may be lifted and trimmed as the tops die down; if they can be exposed to sun and air some time before they are stored in cool dry quarters, they will keep all the better; any that are likely to decay should be kept separate from the sound ones. Keep Parsley free from decaying leaves, and all inferior kinds kept off. Keep Spinach from becoming too thick; let the plants at least stand clear of each other. The sooner Potatoes are lifted now, the better they will keep. They should be stored away dry. Vegetable Marrows, French Beans, Tomatoes, and ridge Cucumbers can often be kept growing weeks longer than they otherwise would if timely protection is afforded. Salads, such as Mustard and Cress, may now be grown in boxes, allowing them to have plenty of air for some days before being used. If a good breadth of Radishes is coming into use, they will keep late in the season in good tender condition. Every vegetable crop should have the soil stirred frequently, and no decaying leaves be allowed to remain.

All vegetable refuse should be cleared to a suitable place, where it can be mixed with other material, to rot and form "dressing," which is valuable for many purposes.

M. T.