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.
A Lancaster correspondent of the Farmer says: "An experiment made last year by myself may not come amiss at this time with those who grow Strawberries. I procured half a hogshead, filled it with rain water, and put into it 1/4th. of ammonia, and 1/4th of common nitre. When the Strawberry plants were blossoming out, I gave them a sprinkling of the solution at evening twice a week until the fruit was nearly of size. The result was double the amount of fruit on those where the liquid was applied, to what was obtained from those alongside, to which none of the liquid was applied."