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.
Your remarks on grape pruning we like very much. We cultivate the scuppernong grape with more profit than any other (for home use), and that you may let "rip;" needs no pruning whatever after you get it overhead on a trellis. While I am writing I have a mind to say something about the wild goose plum you spoke of in the March No. Think I can solve the difficulty. This noted plum originated in Tennessee, and is as "thick as blackberries" all over our country. The practice has been, and still quite common, to plant stone fruits without grafting or budding. No wonder there is such a difference. Thus it is (now and then) we get a "very good thing," or something that will "pay." The goose plum, "true" will compare favorably with any of the other so-called "finer" varieties - Coes Golden Drop, Jefferson. Washington, etc. - in point of flavor. The average size one and a half to two inches in diameter; round shape, very productive, and almost, not quite, free from the cur-culio - the only trouble we have with other varieties. The comparison with a "green persimmon " is good before ripe. ' No green plum is fit to eat. It has another good quality - for shipping. To gather when colored and firm will keep several days or a week.
In the St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, and other markets, we usually get, if handled right, from 5 to 8 dollars per crate of 24 quarts.
[We thought that it was well settled by the letters of Mr. Hance and others in our columns, that the wild goose plum was not a round plum, but an oblong or oval one. So clear did we all think this that Mr. Hance even went so far as to deprecate the Rochester firm that sent him the illustration representing it as "round" and an "inch and a half or two inches in diameter." Now Mr. Transou, whom we should look on as among the best authorities on a question of this kind, takes us back to that identical thing! All wo can say is that perhaps after a while we shall see what we shall see. - Ed. G. M.]