Hitherto our family gardens have allowed but small space to the Asparagus bed. The plants have usually been put out in rows, two feet apart, one foot in the row, and the beds have been limited to about 6 4-10 feet. The new variety - Conover's Colossal - has, with its introduction, also brought a new system of culture - viz : wide planting. The originator now puts his plants 4 by 4 feet, and grows entirely in hills. By this method larger shoots are obtained, and more shoots from every hill; so that in the end, the culture is much easier ; the produce is fully as ample; but being of larger size, the profits are far greater. The roots of the Colossal will grow in one season, from seed, to the length of two and a half or three feet. If we were to plant them two feet apart, or even three, would they not overlap each other, and in time, as they enlarge, year after year, would not the ground become one entire net-work of roots, sucking and robbing one another as much as possible ? But, if the plants are put at right distances apart - say four feet - each plant forms a hill by itself, controlling exclusively the nutrition immediately around, and hence we have a greater success and more permanent plantations.