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.
No doubt the members of the Camden Microscopical Society were astonished at a proposed lecture " on squashes," but by a report in a Camden paper of the remarks, they evidently went home instructed. Who would think so much could be said of a squash. Three hundred and forty species of the squash family, - their poisonous and their edible qualities, - their enormous growth, " like Jonah's gourd," and their thirst for water: their lifting power as illustrated by the Amherst College experiments. Well let any one try their hand at a lecture on the squash, as friend Martindale did, and they will not need even the mammoth tree of California, or the Banyan of India for a better subject. It is strange how wonderful are the little things about us; and wonderful how little is known about these little things.