This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
J. R., Brooklyn, N. Y., writes : " If consistent with your duty to advertisers, I would like information as to the kind of artificial fertilizer that can be used advantageously on a small garden, clay loam, growing fruits and flowers only - in place of stable manure which is unpleasant, and not easily procured. I mean a kind that can be used year after year. If no answer appears in the Monthly I shall judge that to answer would be a violation of journalistic propriety, and shall depend upon experiment".
[Where the editor is also proprietor of a publication he may not like to praise a stranger's article over one who advertises in his paper. In the present case the editor has no interest whatever in the advertising columns, and does not know what is in them till he reads them in print. Still we are not able to help our correspondent much, because the advantages of artificial manures are wholly to be learned from experiment. On light sandy land salt is found an excellent fertilizer. Guano does better on heavier soils. The best advice to offer our correspondent would be to try small quantities of different kinds first, and note those which seem most effective on his grounds. - Ed. G. M].