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.
It may safely be said that the attention of thinking American people, if not of all thinking men, is now turning to the fact that the knowledge so-called of the old schools and universities will not compare with a knowledge of the useful arts. A young man who is a Greek scholar after years of study, is not the equal in the practical uses of life of one who understands the steam engine, or can speak French or German. A late work entitled, 1st "Addresses, Political Education," and 2nd," Scientific lectures by Sir John Lubbock," the political economist and naturalist, is full of thoughts on these topics. We should surely endeavor, he says, to give children some information in reference to this beautiful world in which we live, the commoner plants of our woods and fields, some explanation of the commoner and ordinary phenomena of nature, the causes of Summer and Winter, of the phases of the moon, the nature of the sun and stars, the properties of air and water, some elementary knowledge of light and heat, of the rudiments of mechanics, etc.
How many leaving school know anything of horticulture ?
A new and very nutritious plant, a native of Mexico, has lately been introduced into Egypt, and proves a great acquisition. It attains the height of thirteen to sixteen feet; so rapid is its growth, that it grows one foot in four days, and is much relished by horses. Its botanical name is Reana (Euchloena) luxurians. It succeeds in the south of Europe.