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.
Great damage to agriculture by swarms of grasshoppers in Hungary, a large area being entirely devastated, " the local authorities have been," says an authority, "to apply to Budapest for military assistance, besides availing themselves of that of the inhabitants of numerous villages in the district." Is not this a better use for soldiers than to employ millions to kill other millions of men? In connection with the above, and to go from the sublime to the ridiculous, will it be allowable to say here that the gentle, quiet guards of our Park might occasionally, if they choose, pull up a mullein or a dock going to seed; they don't seem to appreciate the situation, passing the most noxious plants hourly, till the seed is dispersed for another and greater crop.
A Mr. White, says a Massachusetts paper, "who is engaged in the pond lily business, has picked 20,000 white pond lilies this season. Of these 17,000 have been sold in Boston." A horticulturist in New York takes orders from gentlemen to supply vases every morning to lady friends, and one in Philadelphia had such an order to the extent of twenty dollars a day during a courtship.
The Florida Orange raisers are reaping fortunes. Wine made from these oranges, three years ago, now tastes like sherry. We are not now writing of great operators like Baron Reuter who took quick advantage of the telegraph's capabilities, and now lives like a prince in a palace, with thousands to do him reverence, but of more humble occupations within the reach of humble means, etc.
The production of butter and cheese in this country, is four times greater in value than the yield of gold and silver mines.
Sixty Peach-packing establishments exist in Baltimore alone, some employing 800 to 1000 hands, exclusive of tin can makers. This is an increase beyond any calculation that could have been formed at the start.
The California Horticulturist has an article on the Sierra forests, pointing out the great risk there is of these magnificent forests becoming denuded, "as they are now and for many years have been at the mercy of private greed and public theft." America may wake up sometime to melancholy facts, unless the exertions of private planters continue effective. There are cases where a paternal government is a great good. The preservation of wood, planting the cork tree, and many other examples should be kept before the American mind. But what little interest is felt by the great mass of our people in these vastly important things, compared with " Who shall be the next President?"