KITCHEN GARDEN. - Vegetables in Season:
 
Asparagus, beet, Brussels sprouts tops of buds, Jerusalem, and green curled kales, carrots, celery, coleworts, endive, French beans, Jerusalem artichokes, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, rhubarb, seakale, salsify, savoy, shallots, turnips.  Stumps of coleworts, and other greens should at once be cleared off quarters that must be prepared for summer crops, and if there is a likelihood of the supply of green stuff being short during the spring, they may be laid in by their heels rather close together in a vacant quarter, with a view of obtaining a few dishes of tender greens from them hereafter.
 
Peas and beans pushing through the ground need some protection both against frost and vermin.  If the weather is mild and open, sprinkle them slightly with soot, or plentifully with wood ashes.  This will keep off slugs and snails.  If the weather is cold, and likely to be severe, strew over them any light, dry, warm material that may be handy, such as chaff, waste hay, or even dry fine earth.
 
In places exposed to the wind, branches of spruce thrust in aslant, so as to overhang the rows, will be of considerable service, and may save many a promising piece of plant from destruction.
 
Cabbage occupying plots of ground which will be required shortly for some other crop, may be taken up and laid in by the heels in some out-of-the-way place till wanted for the kitchen.  If any likelihood of requiring early supplies of summer cabbage, sow now a few of the early-hearting kinds in boxes or pans, and start in a gentle heat.
 
Cauliflowers:  Sow in pans or shallow boxes, and treat as advised for cabbage, remembering that these are more tender in constitution, and will require a little more nursing.
 
Celery to be shown for very early supply.  A small pan of seed will suffice.  Let the soil be rich and fine, the seed to be very lightly covered.  To prevent evaporation, lay a square of glass over the pan after sowing the seeds, but remove it when the plants appear above the surface of the soil.
 
Kitchen crops of every kind required for spring sowing may be sown in very small breadths, and with the exercise of judgment as to the prospects of the weather.  Warm sheltered situations should be selected.
 
Lettuce:  Sow a pinch both of cabbage and cauliflower.
 
Rhubarb in the open quarters to have six inches of rotten dung heaped over the crown of each plant, for it is impossible to grow good crops without the aid of liberal dressings of manure.  The roots may be planted now, and old stools divided.