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.
In Canada the foreign varieties of gooseberrv finding; a cool summer soil usually do well, but the Downing, according to the Canadian Horticulturist, sometimes fails.
Some attention is being given in the West to the value of the pear when grafted on apple stocks.
The Cincinnati papers report generally "peach buds killed," and in some cases "peaches, plums and cherries killed".
In growing the foreign grapes under glass, the best growers shade the house a little when the fruit is ripening. The fruit is larger, sweeter and better colored for this attention. A correspondent of Colman's Rural World has been trying this practice with the native grape by enclosing the bunches in paper bags and finds great profit in it.
Mr. Paget, gardener to Senator Cameron, at Harrisburg, Pa., has wonderful success in forcing tomatoes. They are much better in average size and solidity to Summer produced open air fruit. They are as far superior to the best canned tomatoes as a ripe fruit is to a green one. It is a wonder that gentlemen of means have not more of these luxuries.
In many seed catalogues we notice " Dandelion Seed " for sale. It is quoted at wholesale at $2.00 per pound. It is an admirable salid when blanched; a few boxes of it in a warm, rather dark cellar soon comes into use.
The nicest heads of lettuce often will go to seed and become unfit for the table. A German paper says you can avoid this unpleasantness by drawing your knife through one-half of the stem to which the head is attached. The sap, or as they call it in Germany, the milk, will flow and rob the head of the power to open, yet enough sap will remain to keep it fresh and growing for another week or so.
Mr. Edwin Sat-terthwaite reported at the Reading meeting of the Pennsylvania Fruit Growers' Society that he drew the earth around his trees in the Fall several inches high. The borer early deposited its eggs in the tree at the top of the little mound. The earth was removed in the Summer, and the places where the borer worked were more readily seen than when the insect was permitted to work in among the roots at the collar of the tree.