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 January Monthly, page 13, Mrs. J. D. S., Upper Sandusky, asks: "Is there any way to keep down mealy bug. My way is to apply kerosene oil with a thin, sharp-pointed stick. It can be done as fast as sponging, and more thorough, as it can be used where it is difficult to get the sponge between small twigs. I use it on all soft and hard-wooded plants that are infested. It does not hurt the plant to use it in this way."
In January number, page 13, a young florist is mentioned who painted his hot-water pipes with gas tar. I think benzine and a wire brush would take it off without much trouble.
While renewing subscriptions, many friends have kindly taken occasion to send communications for the reading pages. We are unusually favored with good things just now, and especially in this department, we have to hold one or two excellent papers over until next month.
The Country Gentleman writes, that Mr. B. Gray, Walden, Mass., grows these in large quantities, profitably for cut flowers. They are kept in water-tight pans and pots.
Some persons are always in good luck. We hear that a double pink Bouvardia is among the recent windfalls. It is remarkable that one should follow the other - the double white - so soon.
Mr. John Gunn, writes: "I have sent you one of my Poinsettas. Do you call it a good one for having been grown in a common greenhouse temperature?"
[Very fine. It measured twelve inches from the tip of one bract to the other, across the head. - Ed. G. M.]
Some blooms of this came in excellent order. It is very large, and of a good dark color.
A large number of what appeared to be very good seedlings, came to hand, but they were utterly dried up in dry cotton, and no opinion could be formed of them.
Some of the California papers are recommending that the foreign kinds used there are grafted on American varieties, to prevail against the Phylloxera. But we should suppose root grafting would have little advantage, for the old sorts would send out their own roots in time. To succeed well the graft should be above ground.
A recent Gardener's Magazine says: - "American apples are still arriving in large quantities at Liverpool, but owing to the unsatisfactory condition of the greater portion and the dullness of the demand, prices have ruled low. The total number of barrels landed at Liverpool from the commencement of the season to the close of the year was 584,728, as compared with 177,900 barrels in the same period of 1879.