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.
Dear Notes ,And Queries;
That was an interesting account of the plant that cuts off the heads of its yictims. It is yet to be discovered, I suppose, whether the plant feeds on the dislodged head. We shall hear more.
And now I want you to tell us if Amber has ever been found in America, and what it is. I brought from the Mediterranean a specimen with imbedded insects, but somebody kindly informs me it was made for sale. Truly,
Amber has not been extensively found in the New World any more than tin. Yes; they do cheat travelers now and again. Amber is known to be the resinous exudation from several species of extinct coniferous trees, called Pinus succini-fer. Over 800 species of insects have been found preserved in Amber; and leaves or other fragments of 163 species of plants. It is used for ornaments, and fine specimens are worth more than their weight in gold. The largest mass is in the Cabinet at Berlin; its weight is eighteen pounds, and it is valued at $30,000. Amber when rubbed becomes highly electric. It was long an article of commerce. In the Green Vaults, the royal museum of Saxony, is a book-case entirely inlaid with amber. The writer has seen fine specimens brought up in fishermen's nets on the south coast of England, but it is most generally found on the Baltic shores. So valuable an article is sure to be counterfeited.
Prevention of Floods is the title of an able article in Macmillan for February. The attention of the editor of The Garden is respectfully called to its statement that drainage exercises no little influence on the destructive floods which so frequently damage the crops in England. There can be no doubt that while the land has been successfully underdrained, for the purposes of floods it has been overdrained.
Sugar culture is becoming an industry in California. It is proposed to plant the cane in New Jersey, at Vineland. Delaware, too, is hungering.
Lumber is cut down in Michigan to an astounding extent. The lumber products this season will be about 775,000,000 feet, an excess of 50,000,000 ever 1879. It is said that Washington Territory will yet yield 500,000.000,000 feet of lumber.
In a discussion at a meeting of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Mr. Wood said: - '"The discussion and practice of fruit culture afford much pleasure and profit. All would agree with Downing that fine fruit is the flower of commodities; it is the most perfect union of the useful and the beautiful that the earth knows. Trees full of soft foliage, blossoms fresh with spring beauty, and for all fruit, rich, bloom dusted, melting and luscious - such are the treasures of the orchard and garden temptingly offered to every landholder in this bright and temperate climate."
New culture for pot plants is the theme of an article in Scribner. A layer or mulch of moss or sphagnum is placed on the surface of the earth, and ground bone-dust, one part to thirty of the moss, all mixed together, is packed in the pots, and spread over the soil. Scribner probably exchanges with the Gardeners' Monthly, in which Mr. Henderson spoke of it.
What becomes of our cereals? Since the harvest time of 1879, while Ireland and Eastern Brazil were struggling with famine, and thousands of our fellow-men in other countries actually died for want of bread, about 400,000,000 tons of breadstuffs have been converted from a blessing to the curse of our race - drink!