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.
With your permission I send a few items con--cerning the Dwarf June Berry, of which inquiry was made in March number. I have grown the Dwarf June Berry many years, and prize it highly, as I believe does every one who is the fortunate possessor of one or more bushes. It is not very extensively disseminated here as yet, owing to the fact that no one has ever propa--gated it for sale. The first stock of plants was brought from Maryland many years since, and has attracted marked attention wherever grown, not only by its dwarf habit, but by its immense productiveness. With me its productiveness has been a matter of wonder and surprise,"literally covered" seeming to be a term especially suited to a description of its prolific character. In size, the berries approach, when fully ripe, nearly that of the Early Purple Cherry. Its large size may be due, however, to the fact that mine are growing on land freshly cleared of timber. Here its season of ripening lasts several days, furnishing a supply of fruit of several days' duration. It is of neat habit when properly cared for, and may be grown as a small tree with a single stem, or it may be grown in clumps or stools. It has thus far been entirely, free from insects and disease.
As it does not evince any tendency to overspread all creation by throwing up suckers, it is admissible in the smallest garden.
The only defect it has (and it is not the fault of the fruit) is the inordinate fondness that birds have for the fruit. Strawberries, Raspberries and Cherries are all forsaken by these feathered pilferers as soon as the June Berries begin to ripen. Where birds are destructive to the early small fruits, the June Berry might be grown specially for the birds, as they seem to prefer it to anything else; and a small area would furnish pasture sweet for a great many robins, catbirds and redheads.