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.
We often see the most absurd notions attributed to the editor of the Gardener's Monthly, and have come tlook at such things as matters of course. In traveling around, little changes occur, and from one to another the little changes become great, till, with even the most perfect faith in an overruling Providence, we have little regard for the truths of history." Our good friend, Marshall P. Wilder, does not take to those troubles quite so patiently, as witness the following from the Massachusett's Ploughman:
" In the Ploughman, of May 4th, a writer •signing himself J. L. B., states that he used coal tar on fruit trees to protect them from the ravages of mice, by the recommendation of Marshall P. Wilder, and thereby destroyed or injured his fruit trees. I never gave such advice, nor should I have used tar of any kind without first wrapping the tree in cloth or other material so that the tar might not come in contact with the bark of the tree. Marshall P. Wilder".