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.
Locusts die off in August, but before this occurs, the females bore holes in the ground on the slopes of the hills sufficiently large to insert their bodies; then the males, it is ascertained, cut off their wings and heads, and thus the eggs in the bodies of the females are preserved against the inclemencies of the winter season. Advantage has been taken in Algeria, of the fact that the eggs hatch on the slopes of these hills. When they descend into the plains, trenches are dug at the base, and when the locusts are within a few yards of the pits, they are enclosed between two long strips of canvas placed perpendicularly in parallel lines leading to the mouths of the pits. A piece of oil cloth is then spread on the ground, extending over these trenches in a slanting position, over which the locusts continue to advance, and are precipitated into these traps in innumerable quantities, and immediately destroyed. Pretty well for Turks.
Silk was successfully raised in the original United States before the Revolution, and enough made by ladies to be sent abroad to make dresses for themselves; and so it will be again, but on a larger scale. There exists sources of income to individuals of various kinds, not yet tried or exhausted. Fifty years ago a lady bought all her bonnets by the sale of limes, from her two lime trees, taking advantage of the market when imported limes and lemons were not to be bought.
There is evidently increasing admiration and patronage for the Aloe, and the whole family. But what to do with it in the Winter, is a puzzling question, as it takes much space when large. A pair of beauties were recently sold for one hundred dollars. The Aloe is the emblem of silence, the winds having little power to move its leaves. Can any one tell what is the best and most economical way to house them safely in Winter?