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.
Visiting the greenhouse of a lady at Doylestown recently, who keeps no gardener, but does all her own work, it was interesting to note that the pots were not only full of earth, but it was mounded up so that the plants seemed to be growing on a small hill in the centre of the pot. The first impression of the good gardener would be that this practice was wrong. There is no place for the water. It would all run off. And this indeed was remarked by a gentleman of the company. The lady did not defend the practice against recognized horticultural rules, but timidly remarked that she was so ignorant about watering plants, and found in practice that she always gave them too much, she had made a mound as an insurance against over-watering. To us. however the plants made no objective response. The great health they presented showed that they were quite satisfied with the treatment. The little fibres peeped through the surface as happily as the little chickens under their mother's wing. Now we are often asked by window gardeners how often they should water their pot plants, for every one seems to know over-watering is an injury.
It is always hard to give an answer to this question, but in the light of this lady's experience we would say, fill up the pots full, mound it, and then you may water every day or as many times a day as you please. It will always do good. In most places where our readers are, March is a busy greenhouse month. For those who live in Labrador or Australia of course we have no March hints to give. But they understand that what we say here must be sooner or later for them.
Our readers are so widely extended that for the benefit of the most favored, we rather advanced our hints as to season, last month. To the bulk, they will still be in order.