The dearth of fruits in most sections this season convinces us more and more of the policy of erecting fruit houses, wherein to grow fruits for the supply of the tables of amateurs and those of wealth. To the amateur or private gentleman the fruit house is a never-ceasing pleasure as a resort, while the fruit in and out of season is a great and real luxury.

The commercial grower may command prices remunerative by arranging for the ripening of his fruit when that grown in the open air can not be had. Large houses are much the most profitable, and as they can be constructed and heated at a comparatively moderate expense, no resort should ever be had to a small house, or one in which the trees are confined to pot culture, as pot culture involves constant attention and watering, dressing, etc., etc.; while if the trees are planted out in the border they in great measure take care of themselves.

What manure had I best use for Raspberries? Edgar.

The common practice has almost always been to use well-rotted animal manure, applied and worked in in the autumn; but we have manured with salt and bone meal for the two past years, and had a good strong growth of cane, large and fine fruit, and less quantity of weeds than when we used the barn-yard manure.

We apply the salt and meal early in spring, before vegetation starts, and as soon as the ground opens, we work up with a cultivator or small plow.