No garden vegetable requires a richer soil than Rhubarb. Sandy land is almost useless. We had the pleasure once of trying it as a market crop to the extent of an acre, but at last became convinced the amount of money absorbed in providing manure enough to raise a good crop, was larger than the crop itself after harvested. It is a bulky material to ship to market, and very often varies greatly in price. In family gardens, however, the gardener can well afford to devote a good border to it, and dress in annually from a bushel to a barrel of good manure. The more liberal the supply of nutriment, the larger the stalk and the better the quality. The soil should be dug deep, at least eighteen inches, and well mixed with surface manure.

The best time for planting is in the fall, still it is successfully attempted in the spring. Plant the hills not less than four feet apart. Put the crowns fully three inches below the surface, and cover with mulch during the winter. Manure is best applied also in the fall, directly to the crowns, for the shoot starts early, and are up above the ground very early in the spring. After the roots have grown several years, examine them and see if there are any signs of decay in the centre of the plant. If so, take them up, divide them into three or four more pieces, and transplant them. Every piece will form a new crown and a luxuriant hill.

Be careful of whom you purchase rhubarb plants originally, for it is quite a common deception for tradesmen to take up their large crowns, and divide them into four or six smaller plants, and then sell them to customers. It is better to go personally and examine the stock yon wish to purchase, and stipulate specially for plants undivided, and and not less than two years' old, otherwise a purchaser hardly knows what he will get.

The Linnaeus is still one of our most productive varieties, and also of best quality, although somewhat small. The Victoria is enormous in size, and also quite productive, being very profitable as a market crop. We have seen beds of the Downing Colossal, which seemed to meet our idea of a perfect amateur variety better than anything else yet brought to our notice.