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.
"Ignoramus," Sing Sing, N. Y., writes: " Will you please be so kind as to let me know in the next number of the 'Gardener's Monthly' about the aquatic plant, Nymphaea coerulea, how soon will it bloom from the seed? and how large a plant is it? would it be suitable for a small aquarium? Pardon the liberty I take, but as I understand you like to have subscribers inquire about what they do not know, I take you up by asking these questions. If you see fit to answer them, you will confer a favor on a new subscriber, who is young and green. Ignoramus."
[This will bloom the second year from seed. It is hardly the plant for an aquarium, as it needs sun and stagnant water to thrive well, - and this is not the conditions aquariums are usually treated to. We are always glad to answer inquirers. - Ed. G. M.] fruit and Vegetable Gardening.
Seasonable Hints with a spade or fork. This will not do for many.
They want to plow, not dig the ground. But
We often wonder why so little pride is taken this can be arranged by having a long narrow to have the vegetable garden beautiful as well as garden instead of the old-fashioned square one useful. To some extent this is owing to a desire The plow can then work up and down the back, to save labor. As often arranged with box edgings while through the middle may be a walk with and flower borders all the garden has to be dug box edgings or other edge plants. Then much may be done in the way of training or arranging the plants to make them look pretty, without much labor, time or cost. Training vines on stakes has a beautiful effect. Even on simple stakes a tomato or cucumber looks more beautiful than when left to run at random over the ground. Fancy melons trained over a neat trellis. And these trellises can be made with any ordinary small sticks tied together. We note a case of this kind in Vilmorin's Illustrated Catalogue, which we here reproduce, and suppose this mode of culture must be common in France.
It is a pretty custom, and we might grow things the same way here.
People will soon begin to be worried about fungi and insects on fruit trees. We have gained considerably in our knowledge of these things from year to year, and those who have followed our pages closely will have little trouble. In regard to the white scale we may remind our readers of an article that appeared last winter from a Mississippi correspondent, who recommended to wash the stems with linseed oil. The writer's orchard was particularly bad last year. It had been a growing trouble for years. Last year they had in many cases the appearance of being whitewashed, and the writer felt a little bad when John J. Thomas, who has not much of an idea of growing trees in grass, came to see them, lest he should regard the insect as the direct result of "neglected culture." Everything recommended in the books and suggested by our own experience had been tried in vain, or with trifling results. In March and April a boy was put to painting all the bark of the trees with linseed oil, though with some promises on the part of friends that the oil would " stop up the breathing pores," and the trees die. To-day there is not a cleaner or more beautiful' lot of trees in the county. The correspondent modestly withheld his name.
We feel that the simple idea is of such inestimable value to orchardists that we take the liberty of saying that the thanks of those who read that article are realty due to Dr. Philips of the Oxford University, who was the author of the paper, and who has been quite conspicuous through a long life for his devotion to the agricultural and horticultural advancement of that part of our country in which he lives.