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.
We pointed out last year the disgraceful condition of these little gardens in the great city, and the city daily papers have since taken up the subject with a will. But it seems to us there is nothing gained by abuse of the city officials. There is no doubt but more might be done with the money if a better class of men were employed to do the work; but it is clear that under the present system of electing the management of these places, it will be the millennium before we shall get better men. But the naked fact is, that with the meagre appropriations made, the very beat men could not keep these public places in a good condition. In the meantime the disgraceful dirtiness of these squares must often make the mayor blush whenever he sees how much better those of other cities are.