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.
The French vines grafted on the Clinton,at Montpeil-lier, introduced at once on the report of Prof. Planchon's mission to this country has proved completely Phylloxera-proof. Has any one tried the same experiment in our country? It is likely fair success would follow the European grape on a native stock in the open air of Eastern America. It would be worth an experiment.
The Scientific Farmer having announced that "coffee has proved very productive in California since its introduction four years ago, Mr. W. Saunders offers ten dollars for a pound of the berries from plants that have been three years in the open air of any part of the United States. He does not want the Kentucky coffee, Rye coffee, or any coffee but the genuine Arab berry.
Mr. E. F. Ellwanger makes the good point, that those who find grape growing"don't pay," are generally those who have gone into it from some other business, and who thought plants ought to"grow into money while they slept." Honest profit means honest labor; no work no pay, is nature's law in gardening. Mr. Ellwanger thinks that the man who first loves his trade and then sticks to it, generally works out fairly at least, and we quite agree with him.
It is said that about one-seventh of all the pear trees sold in France are of the one we know as Bartlett, and the Duchess.
The Californians "prove all things." Now according to the Independent of Stockton, Mr. Milco has introduced "Sorbula " trees from which much is expected. This is no doubt the service berry, Sorbus domestica.
"Blessed are they who do not expect much, for they shall not be disappointed".
N. W. A., Lowell, Mass., writes that in the Vol. of the Horticulturist for 1875, page 22, there is an excellent paper on the application of lime to orchards.
A correspondent from Michigan enquires if any have had more experience with this east of the Rocky Mountains, than the provisionally favorable notices that have in times past appeared in the Gardener's Monthly?.
Mr. Loom is sends us a preserved fruit from Japan. It has a flavor partaking of the fig and the date when dried. The one sent was perhaps the kind known in Japan as Yamato. It has small seeds. We believe it will be hardy anywhere that the common Virginian Persimmon will stand the Winter.