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.
M. Carrière, of Jardin des Plantes, says the Journal of Horticulture, reports on baits for insects, that "beer and water" caught 850 flies and other winged creatures; "pure beer"
631; "crushed pears, " "weak wine, " and "pure wine" came next in the order given, and pure honey at the bottom of the list, with only seventeen victims. This would seem to disprove the literal truth of the old saying (correct as it is in its moral) that "we may catch more flies with a spoonful of honey than with a gallon of vinegar." No doubt, however, the "loud" odor of the beer, which was in a highly fermented state, had a great deal to do with attracting the insects.
Blanching Celery - An exchange tells us that "Mr. E. Ruhlman explained his novel method of growing Celery for market at the late Conference of the Western New York Horticultural Society. "Its novelty consists in the use of an open tin band 3 inches wide for each plant. Put around the young plant when first set, gradually drawn up as the banking proceeds, and kept on when the plant is stored in the cellar, it protects the young plant, preserves the outside leaves, makes the labor of banking and storing much less, and makes a better product".
[We think however, that the method we described in one of our early volumes, of using horse shoe tiles is much better than tin, as being cheaper and more durable. As this may be forgotten we give the above illustration of the plan].