This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Growing and Wine-Making: by George Hussmann, Professor of Horticulture in the University of Missouri. New York, Orange Judd Company. - Professor Hussmann, noted as a grape-grower, has already issued a small work on grape culture, which has rendered him well-known in the literature of viticulture. No one is better fitted for the task of teaching in this line. Though many works have already appeared in this country, the grape has gone far beyond its literary history. At no period has its culture been, on the whole, more successful than now, so that, notwithstanding all that has been said, there is more than ever to tell now, and more people ready to hear the news. Mr. Hussmann's book is, therefore, timely, and no doubt will have a large sale.
In looking back over past works, and noting how many pages have been devoted to the "description of varieties " no one now cares anything about, we have sometimes wondered whether this waste of space will be continued in future works. There is not so much of this in Mr. Hussmann's book, - and if there is more than we think necessary, it is pleasant to say that beyond this there is enough to make the work permanently valuable as a guide for practical vineyard culture for many years to come.
We are glad, particularly, that Mr. H. has shown the evil effects of vines from layers. Much of the ill success of vine culture in the past has arisen from the sending out of plants from enfeebled parent plants, - and every horticulturist knows that there is nothing so much weakens the constitutional power of a grapevine to resist disease as the continual practice of taking layers from it. The weakening of the main plant is in time communicated to the progeny, and it is from this and similar causes that so many good kinds are reported unfit for cultivation in particular localities. The plants, strong as they may have appeared, and not the variety, were to blame.