This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The value of asphalte ought to be more thoroughly understood, considering the benefit it is to amateur and gardener alike, but a great many object to it on account of the color and unpleasant odor in hot weather; but whoever will follow my instructions will have a walk like an ordinary gravel walk with the durability of the asphalte. In the first place, it is indispensable to edge the walk with edging stones, as the wear and tear generally begins from the sides of the walk, from the soil parting from the asphalte in dry weather, causing the latter to crack; hence the necessity for edging stones. Then fill up the walk as recommended • by James Firth, with the addition of a little pitch boiled with the tar, and when well rolled, leave it within an inch of the top of the edge-stones; then with the mixture of pitch and tar, while hot, "paint" the walk a few yards at a time with an old sweeping brush, some one to follow with some fine sifted Buxton limestone (not spar), and scatter it over the "paint, " so that there is not a particle of the "paint" to be seen; then roll well before it sets, after which sweep off all the limestone you possibly can, and it will leave the walk, as I have said, a dry and solid gravel walk without the objectionable tar being visible, the pitch preventing its working through.
The cost will be 1s 4d. or 1s. 6d. per yard, depending in a great measure upon the locality for getting the edging 3tones. I omitted to say the edging stones will be covered by the grass-turf, so that they will not be objectionable on the grass lawn, but will give a very neat appearance, besides being better to edge and keep clean. I need hardly say, fine dry weather is indispensable during the operation. - The Gardens, Horncliffe House, Rawten-stall. John Fletcher.