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.
These must be getting into some favor at length in England, - when new English varieties are being advertised, Nisbet's Victoria is among the announcements of the season. The fruit is represented to be about the size of a good sized plum.
These well known and excellent hybrids have been placed in the hands of Ed. J. Evans & Co., of York, Pa, for propagation, with the view sometime of offering them for sale for the benefit of the late Dr. Wylie's family.
California has succeeded so well in soft-shell almond culture, that the European trade with America begins to feel the pressure.
An American Farmer correspondent names the Lim-bertwig as one of the best varieties for planting south of Baltimore.
Since this insect pest has found its way to California, the grape growers are following the French in grafting their plants on the varieties of the riparia and cordifolia classes, the roots of which resist the insects to a great extent. Of course our readers know that the European race of grapes furnish the varieties commonly grown in California.
The American Wine and Grape Grower - a recent venture, and devoted wholly to the subject of grape growing with all that it implies - says well, that in grafting the grape to resist Phylloxera, the graft must be above ground, or the graft will take root,, and its final condition becomes as bad as the first.
The Country Gentleman says this is often replaced by the Early and Late Crawford, but it is not the same.; it is sweeter and higher colored.
A correspondent sends in the following from Reynold's Newspaper of London:
"Sir C. W. Oakley, Baronet, of Frittenden,. has just grown a cucumber five feet long and a foot thick. Madame Tussaud will exhibit the dream of the man who eats it for supper in the Chamber of Horrors".
He asks " What do you think of it? " We do-not see why we should be asked this question,, for the thing is big enough to speak for itself.
A correspon dent says: "I copy the following from Ameri-can Punch for December: "The Gardener' Monthly has an article on the cause and cur< of pear-blight. The discussion on the apple blight is left, with great reason, to the attention of religious journals and the pulpit".
[We suppose this is a reference to that cele-brated apple which so badly blighted our first parents, but then A. P. may remember that a "pair" was blighted at the same time. - Ed.G.M.