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.
An "English Gardener," La Fayette, Ind., writes: "On page 162, June number, Mr. Henderson, in speaking of the progress of this country and in England, states things that are not facts. It may be simple to take notice of such small things, but in justice to myself and country I may say a word. A florist in this country cannot know everything about gardening in England. Mr. H. said, that in 1872, John Bull had not found out how to plow and pulverize. I will say that John knew how to plow and pulverize before Columbus discovered America, better than Americans do now. There are many reasons why market gardeners in England do not plow. Their ground in spring is too wet and cold. Sometimes the ground is very stony, which throws the plow out; and then they do not want to get on the ground with heavy horses in wet weather to tighten the bottom when labor is so cheap. Men only get $3.50 per acre, and dig an acre in five days thirteen inches deep, and they do not spade it. It is done with a spud, a three-forked spud. I would laugh to see one of your so-called plows in a market garden over the Rhine; it would do no more good than turning in three or four hogs. Another article or two on firming the soil and splitting the barks of trees. Mr. Henderson has not long found that out.
He has been longer finding that out than the Irishman was the red spider, whom he had twelve years in his employ. Any child might know that seeds and plants want something more than wind and water to live on. Mr. Henderson has done good service in many ways; but he might remember that there may be many good reasons for practices in other countries, though to him they may seem absurd in this. Excuse my intrusion. It is my first attempt at writing for a magazine, but I really think I know something about market gardening, and finding my views differ from Mr. Henderson's, I make bold to express my dissent".