A correspondent of "The Country Gentleman" thinks the plan we recommended, in the August number, of planting in rows, "radically defective," and declares himself in favor of beds; but we must let him speak for himself:

" I have sold about three thousand quarts this season, mostly Hovey's, and many of them were an inch and five-eighths in diameter, and they were grown 00 beds two and a half feet wide, and averaging a plant to every five or six inches on the bed. I am not an advocate of letting all the runners grow till they have made the bed one solid mat, but do contend that Strawberries may and should be grown in beds, because it is attended with less trouble, and vastly more worth can be obtained from an acre, for I have grown at the rate of seventeen hundred dollars to the acre at twenty-five cents a quart, and I know of others doing as well.

"And here let me say that I have never protected my beds in winter, or mulched the alleys in summer; nor have I ever had any trouble in selling them, but could to-day engage the next years crop to any fruit dealer in our market; which by the way knocks down, I think, another position taken by the Editor, which is, that every system of culture which stops short of stirring the soil around each plant is defective. It seems to me perfectly clear that to put out Strawberry plants three feet by eighteen inches, would require five acres to get as much worth as can be obtained from one acre of beds properly managed; besides it is no small operation to cut straw to mulch ten or twelve acres. And here I will say that I do not know of a single horticulturist in this vicinity but what cultivates in beds, and I should be willing to have our exhibitions compared with those that are grown in rows.

"My advice to those who intend to put out Strawberries for field culture, is, to put out your plants as early in April as the ground will do to work, in rows two feet apart, and one foot in the row, and let the runners take possession of every other space until the plants will average one to every five or six inches, and not to allow runners or anything else to take possession after that. I would not set myself up as possessing all knowledge on the subject of Strawberry culture, but have given my experience, which, if good for anything, can be adopted - if worthless rejected. Practical - New Haven, Ct.

Now, Mr. Practical may be right, but we must say that we have very seldom seen bed culture produce fine fruit, except perhaps the first season. He agrees with us in not letting the runners grow into a "solid mat,:" and it is because in beds they are generally allowed to grow so, and difficult to prevent from growing so, that we cannot approve of the method.

It seems to us that it would involve some labor to keep plants in a bed thinned out to the distance of five or six inches. Every cultivator knows how all fruit-bearing plants are affected by keeping the ground open, clean, and friable, around them. During the past dry summer, we have seen beds utterly burnt up, while rows with the ground worked about them did not suffer in the least.