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.
E. H. H., East-hampton, writes: " Please to tell me the treatment of grapery after bearing. Shall I simply give plenty of air? Shall I allow the ground to dry ? Shall I continue to pinch back the shoots ? Will it be injurious to the Grape vines to use the grapery for flowering plants like Carnations, at a low temperature? In that case, would it do to leave the vines in position? They are too old and stiff to put under a bench, have been usually cut loose and allowed to hang, but would be then in the way if I use for flowers. What is the best and most practical book of Grapes under glass? I have Downing's Fruit Culture, and supplement to Henderson's Floriculture, good enough but not complete enough. Sent for Fuller's but it proves to be devoted wholly to native Grape. Which author on Roses is best for one who wants a practical treatise? don't care for a historical. Cur library has scarcely any bocks of horticulture. If you will answer any or all the above questions you will confer a great favor on a constant reader of the Gardener's Monthly".
[1. Chorlton's Grape Grower's Guide will probably give you all the information you need on these matters. It is not usual to pinch back much after the fruit has matured, but the whole is left to mature, and all pruning left till the leaves are ripe. Strong, for Roses.
2. Some persons could succeed in growing flowers and Grapes in the way you desire, but it is wholly a matter for local decision. Unless one has already had some experience, the first attempts would probably not be ranked as a complete success.
The best course for our correspondent would be to try on a small scale at first, and watch the results. He would learn from this in what direction to extend his field. All we can say is that while a few succeed with flowers and Grapes in the one house, the majority regard it with, disfavor. - Ed. G. M].