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.
" P." says: " Will some of the readers of the Monthly be so good as to give me some information concerning the treatment of Burbidgea nitida?"
Plum culture must be a much greater success in these later days than it formerly was. For years and years one never saw a plum, and old folks had to describe to their children what plums were when they were young. Now there are tons of luscious green gages, and other Superior varieties, and for the first time in all our experience they have been pronounced " a drug."
Waterloo and Amsden were the two earliest this season " uniformly," says the Country Gentleman. The Amsden and Alexander were undistinguishable by any character, except that the former is distinctly better in flavor. Hale's Early, Briggs Red May, Honeywell, Saunders and Musser ripened together about the same time. Early Beatrice is too small to be of any value.
The Country Gentleman states this has fire-blight at Rochester, in common with other varieties.
It takes a long time for a good idea to become popular. It is fifteen years ago since the Gardener's Monthly suggested that where but a few hundred plants were needed, it would pay well to give double the price for plants layered into small pots. After these many years, the practice is coming into general use.
The Editor of the Lancaster Farmer " feels greatly disappointed," because a Kieffer Pear in the garden of Mr. Daniel Smeych, of Lancaster, had a Kieffer badly stricken by fire-blight. We think there was no occasion for the disappointment, for we have repeatedly warned our readers that there was not yet any chance to prove that the Pear was " blight proof," as it had not yet been generally distributed, and " fire-blight" had never been known to attack any kind on the raiser's grounds.
We believe most Raspberry growers have come to the conclusion that there is nothing whatever gained by cutting out the bearing canes as soon as all the fruit is gathered. They have generally concluded that it is one of those theoretical points which seem as if they ought to be true, but are not. But in a recent essay by a distinguished author, we find the old notion still recommended.
A correspondent of Sir Joseph Hooker believes that Cos is derived from the Arabic, Khaas, which signifies Lettuce in general. Lettuce is largely grown in Egypt for making Lettuce Oil.