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.
We have just received an advance copy of the Annual Register of Rural Affairs for 1876, published at Albany, N. Y., by Luther Tucker & Son, and mailed to any address for the nominal sum of 30 cents. It is the oldest (and now the only) publication of the kind, and contains 150 pages of practical matter, interesting to every resident in the country, illustrated with no less than 164 beautiful engravings, almost all original. Elaborate almanac pages are prefixed, and a very useful feature is the Farmer's Register, which gives the addresses of all the reliable dealers in everything a farmer needs to buy - live stock of all kinds, seeds, implements, nursery stock, etc. The cover is quite a work of art, and altogether the little book is a gem in its way. J. J. Thomas is the editor. We know of no better almanac for the cultivator of the soil to have ready to hand.
Gardening for Pleasure. By Peter Henderson. Published by Orange Judd & Co., New York.
When" man first looks to nature, it is for support - what he shall eat and what he must wear are among his first thoughts. This is all in order. It is the condition of animal nature. But the mental soon calls him to an upward field. The mere animal knows no difference between the flowers of the field and the blades of grass. All alike are food to him. Man alone sees the beauty and admires it; and the extent of his culture in this line is the full measure of the distinction between him and the beast.
Mr. Henderson has worked in a truly natural way. He knows man must first have the material, and he gave us "Gardening for Profit." Having learned folks how to make the money, he now proceeds to show them how to spend it in a rational way, and "Gardening for Pleasure " comes regularly in its place. It is a good idea, and the work is welcome.
Mr. H. tells us all about preparing ground for gardens - drainage, making walks and roads, of manures and fertilizers for making things grow. Then there are designs for gardens, and full instructions for planting, propagating and potting. Window gardening has a share of attention, with notes on baskets, plant cases, greenhouses, conservatories. Graperies, fruits and vegetables, and all adjuncts to a good garden, have a fair share of attention.
The work is just such an one as should follow "Gardening for Profit." It is not a treatise on the higher branches of gardening. There is little in it in common with such good things as Scott's Suburban Home Grounds, or Downing and Sargent's Landscape Gardening; but it places a link in between the high and the low, and it is a link much wanted, and will, we think, be highly appreciated by the gardening public.