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.
It was thought that these had about reached the climax of improvement, but by some new kinds we saw recently in the grounds of W. K. Harris, of Philadelphia, we learned that new beauty comes even here.
C. E. P., asks: "Will some of the readers of the Monthly please inform me who originated Fuchsia Earl of Beaconsfield: in what year was it raised? And between what varieties is it a hybrid? I think that it is one of the best and most free flowering of the new varieties. It is a vigorous growing plant".
When people read in these days of the Kinder-Garten, they understand tolerably well what kind of garden it is. But we were not so sure about the " Kitchen Garden" which is the momentary craze with the young ladies of nothing-to-do who live about Boston and New York. The old name " Kitchen Garden " has a very familiar sound, but it proves to be "girls in the kitchen" and nothing more. In the direct English of the olden time, it would be " cooking," or " cookery".
There are still discussions as to the value of scraping off the loose, dead bark of trees. Few of those who speak against it seem to have had practical experience in the case. They argue that it is " nature's plan of protecting trees from cold." Those who have tried scraping off this dead bark, and washing the stems do not talk this way. It is an excellent practice to produce good trees.
A correspondent of the Prairie Farmer tells that the Editor of the Gardener's Monthly declines all discussion on this subject. The exact truth is that we simply declined to insert a letter from that correspondent for reasons satisfactory to ourselves. We have no room for three or four pages a month, - and to be continued to all eternity.
The pot-culture of fruits is still very popular in England. Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Plums and even Pears are kept in large pots or tubs, and in cheap glass-houses. They can raise many of these in the open air, - but are more certain and have better fruit under glass.
As a general rule fruit trees do not grow more rank than they ought to do. But if it be thought they are longer in coming into bearing, root-prune them. The best way to do this is to dig a trench two feet deep around the tree, about six feet from the trunk, filling in the earth again when finished. This is the best plan of root pruning.