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.
In reference to our note in the November number, the Galena Industrial Press has the following useful facts:
"We know of an instance where house plants are kept thriving winter after winter in a room heated by a hard coal base-burner, and healthier plants or brighter flowers we have not seen anywhere. We do not suppose that leaky •stoves, from which the gas is constantly escaping, would be healthy for either plant or animal life; but we have long since come to the conclusion that what promotes the health of man, cannot be injurious to the plants. It is only necessary to refer to the bay-window, where the plants of Mrs. Cephas Foster may be seen from Fall till Spring, to assure our readers on this point. The window plants are, however, only a small part of those constantly kept in the two rooms heated by the same coal stove, year after year, and very few persons, if an}, can show more thrifty plants, with equal care, than hers. The stove is an old-fashioned one, which has been in use for many years, and has no particular advantage over the more modern ones, so far as we know. Our conclusions are, therefore, favorable to that method of heating. Hard coal is used of course.
The only secret is a constant supply of moisture from a cup of water on the stove.