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.
I am anxious to bring to your attention a new, light wheelbarrow, patented by a mechanic of this place. He makes a small size for ladies' gardening, which is a great treasure. I have one which I use constantly, being my own gardener, and think other ladies may be glad to have the same. It is not a toy, but strong and also very light, and some are very prettily painted. Mine is simply the natural wood, oiled and varnished. I send the address where they are sold in New York, and feel sure if you see them, you will be glad to recommend them to your readers.
I desire to add my protest to that of many others against the sending of plants from insect-infested green-houses. It is too bad to have scale and mealy bug brought into one's collection of choice, clean plants.
[We know our correspondent very well, and respect her delicacy in not putting in the name of the party making the light wheelbarrow; for it is too common for writers, under the guise o f"information," to smuggle in an advertisement, thereby doing an injustice to those advertisers who honestly and squarely pay for them in then-proper columns. For that reason - and not from mere 'financial reasons - we never allow such smuggled goods to pass, when they happen to be of the same class as other people pay for. In the case of an entirety new and valuable plant, fruit, invention or idea, distinct from all others already in the trade, and which we feel is of benefit to the public, we never ask editorially whether the parties in interest have " been to the counting-room," but give the discoverers all the benefit from their discoveries, and they can afterwards advertise their wares and prices or not, as they choose. So, in this instance, we have no hesitation in saying that the name the lady sends, is Pugsley & Chapman, New York city.
The fact that so good a gardener as we know this lady to be, should recommend this barrow, is in some respects better than looking at it with our large editorial eyes. - Ed. G. M].