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.
By Mr. Thos. Moore, with an introduction by Dr. M. T. Masters, Edinburg. Published by Adam and Charles Black.
This epitome of gardening was written as a treatise on horticulture for the pages of the Encyclopaedia Britanica, and is here issued in separate form. It gives a brief account of the whole subject of modern practical gardening in a form likely to be useful and easy of reference, and it will therefore be a standard work of reference to every gardener, or to any one with the slightest interest in garden culture. We are often asked to name works on different branches of gardening. Some want something about cross-fertilizing, others want to know about flower culture, others ask for something on greenhouse heating or fruit raising. We have often to say there are no works on these special subjects. Now we may say to all, get the "Epitome of Gardening."
Of course it is but an " Epitome." One who reads it will only get the heads; the tails and details must be sought for in the special works where they exist, or from practical observation where they do not. For instance, in referring to the grafting of currants and gooseberries, which was first made known through our pages, we are simply told "they are sometimes grafted on single stems three or four feet high, in which form the fruit is more accessible." The reader will at once surmise that the ordinary currant or gooseberry stock would not grow three or four feet high, and he will have to go to other sources to find out that the common currant is not the stock, but Kibes aureum, the Yellow Missouri currant, is. In like manner, from the intimation about the fruits being "more accessible," he might be led to believe that that was a special advantage of some moment in currant culture. He would have to look into other works for its exact value.
Perhaps if we wish to be critical, we should have desired more care in the rendering of the continental names of fruits; or it may be after all that we in America have not the right orthographies, for there is no certainty but direct knowledge as to the certainty of personal names. In illustration of what we mean, we may note Early Purple Gean, for the cherry we call Early Purple Guigne, and Duchesse de Pallnan where we should write Duchesse de Pallnau. But we do not wish to be critical. It is one of those great works which cannot be perfect. We shall be all satisfied to take it just as it is.