This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In 1788 there were twenty-nine sheep in Australia, as against sixty-two millions at the present time. This is progress indeed.
Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum is a biennial plant of the south of Europe, naturalized to some extent in this country. It is cultivated on account of its burrs or heads covered with hooked bracts, which are stronger and better on the cultivated plant. These heads are fastened to a revolving cylinder, and used by woolen manufacturers to raise a nap on cloth. No artificial contrivance has been found to equal the Teasel for this purpose. Do any of our readers know where it is cultivated in the United States? Belgium and France appear to be the largest growers. The seeds are sown in spring and transplanted in August and September, and in twelve months the crop is gathered. The heads must be gathered before the flowers have bloomed, else the points are dried too much and lose their elasticity.