Progress Grape

This is an early red variety, originated, it is said, in Norfolk county, Massachusetts, but brought into notice chiefly in Georgia, where it seems to have a good reputation.

Planting Asparagus

It is still a mooted question, how wide to set asparagus roots. Three feet each way is the widest, and one foot the least. The former gives large, succulent shoots; the latter, of course, smaller. But one cannot get the same quantity from the wider rows, though the product will bring a higher price. As a medium distance, 18 inches apart may be desirable. Three feet is good where the ground has to be kept clean of weeds by hoe-harrow. We should be glad of somebody's actual experience.


To get the best good out of it, rhubarb should be put into very rich soil. It is propagated by splitting up the old crowns, so that a leaf bud is attached to every piece of root. It can also be raised from seeds, but these do not always give us the kinds we want, and it takes several years to get good strong stalks. When well grown, good rhubarb needs no stringing before being cut up for pies.


It is still a mooted question, how best to plant horse-radish. Straight clean roots are aimed at. One of the best growers we knew, cut roots to pieces the size of marbles, made a hole with the dibble, and dropped the piece a foot or more below the surface. But the ground was rich, moist and heavy; and in two years the plant was fit for market. The young root pushed up straight to the surface from the bottom, and grew.

Japan Cherry Bean

M. Vilmorin & Co., of Paris, have introduced the Haricot cerise du Japon as a really good introduction. Though the bean itself resembles somewhat the round white pole bean of our growers, the pods are somewhat necklace-shaped, and the product enormous. We suppose our leading seedsmen will have introduced some of it this year.

Abies Or Picea

The Fir family of coniferae, was once the Picea of botanists, and the Spruce was Abies. Modern botanists contend this is an error of earlier botanists, and insist on going back to solid truth on which all science should be founded. Some are now contending in European serials that there is no actual need or even right in this change. In the meantime the poor gardener is puzzled. We may, however, still call Firs and Spruces by their old names, and this is a comfort.