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.
This is another new candidate for earliness. Mr. Bateham believes it is two weeks earlier than Hale. It is an Ohio seedling.
Among the remarkable experiences of the recent meeting of the Pennsylvania Society was the fact that when some one wanted to know what varieties of apple should be generally planted, no one seemed ready with an answer The Smoke-house was named, but the support as a general favorite seemed feeble. The York Imperial also had some admirers.
A New Jersey grower gives the following list of what he regards as the best of those varieties that have been thoroughly tested, - Charles Downing, Cumberland Triumph, Monarch of the West, Seth Boy-den, and Wilson. Some of the newer ones may or may not be better than these.
This new candidate for popular favor, like so many in the past, claims New Jersey for its home. It is a red variety.
This is regarded as one of the best of Mr. Laxton's crosses. In England it has produced from eight to ten peas in a pod, - and the flavor is said to be very fine.
This is a singular form, or perhaps a distinct species. The fruit is borne in large clusters, and are in form something like the ordinary turban squash. In size the fruit is not much inferior to the common tomato, while the flavor is said to be peculiar and agreeable. It comes to us from Germany.
It is said that this variety is pure white from the time of its formation.
"Quince" asks: "What has become of this project? I tried a few, but they all died the year after grafting, though I verily believe it was the Pyrus suckers that helped to do the deed. But then how are we to keep these sprouts down, for it would seem the Pyrus japonica could not live without root suckering?
A correspondent insists that the beauty of American women has increased immensely since he was a young man, - now many years ago, - and he believes that this has arisen from the more general use of fruits and vegetables. We hope the elderly ladies will forgive us for stating that the wretch who wrote this had a Philadelphia post mark to his letter, and may not perhaps have had experience in other places.
Peter Kalm, on his visit to Philadelphia in 1748, says then that wood was so scarce for fuel in Pennsylvania that it brought eighteen shillings a cord, Pennsylvania currency, and that the citizens were seriously alarmed for the future supply of wood for the city. Coal had not then been discovered, though it was being talked about as likely.