This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Gardeners, with the view of getting employment at their trade, should not come to Galveston or, indeed, to Texas, unless pre-engaged, as no one employs professional men of their class - a negro or common laborer does all the work necessary. I would not advise those who would wish to start in business for themselves, however, to stay away, but merely remind them that everything is at the highest figure on this island. Land near the city is worth from $300 to $1000 an acre, and two miles out of the city, along the island, from $50 to $200. Unless it is old cultivated land it is poor and hungry, requiring much manure, labor, and wind-screens. There is no mode of transit on the island but by wagons, unless the goods are being shipped out of the island, when the railroad affords the desired facilities. Galveston itself is a good market for vegetables. There is a good road (for a Texas road) along the middle of the island, and it is not impassable with mud in winter as many of the inland roads are.