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.
By the list of premiums of the Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of the Desert Agricultural and Manufacturing Society, to be held on the first of October, we may see by the offers what are the chief products of a city built upon the desert, and sustained by irrigation. The "best farm fenced and cultivated if not less than 100 acres," shows that one can cultivate a good extent of land by these artificial waterings. The crops are " cotton, tame-grass, lucerne, clover, flax, hemp, indigo, madder, wheat, barley, oats, rye, sugar cane, potatoes, mangel wurtzel, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, beets, onions, squash and beans".
That forestry is not neglected by the Salt Lakeians, is shown by premiums for " best ten acres of forest trees, not less than one thousand to the acre, three years old," and ditto of sugar maples; and the silk culture receives an offer of reward for mulberry trees. The ornamental is not neglected, and there are premiums for ornamental trees " planted in a garden, or by the road-side." Besides this, we notice the advertisement of Mr. Reading as " landscape gardener," showing that tasteful gardening has at least hope for encouragement.
As a guide to the fruits thriving at Salt Lake City, we notice offers for " Summer, Fall, and Winter apples, peaches, grapes, plums, quinces, cherries, figs, gooseberries, currants, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries".