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.
Taking a hasty ride through this famous Tennessee city lately the writer noticed that the Nixon nurseries were growing a very large number of Peach trees, and which had a remarkably rich and healthy appearance.
From these healthy growths of improved kinds near their own doors, we should suppose the day of small trash, known as seedlings, will soon be over.
In the illustrated advertisement of Mr. Churchman, given in our last number, the good idea is adopted of photographing the rule at the same time, so that the picture conveys at once the exact size of the fruit. We have had the fruit before us, as already noted in our magazine, and believe it will be a first-class addition to the list of Raspberries.
A northern Maryland correspondent says that apple growing in his district is becoming very precarious on account of this insect, and adds: "I would like to know, through the Gardener's Monthly, how widely disseminated this root louse is. The Department of Agriculture mentions it. Thomas calls it ' Pemphigus pyri.' How to keep clear of it is the question?"
We learn from the Journal of Forestry that in some parts of England the culture of Osiers, or willows for basket making, is being abandoned on account of the successful competition from abroad.
In consequence of the inability of the land owners to collect rents from tenants, numbers are putting land down into forests, and abandoning agricultural pursuits. This reforestation has been going on for some years, but more last year than ever before. There were over 3000 acres more set out to timber last year than the year previous.
There is no greater destroyer of wood than heat. When heated to a sufficient degree it burns, at a lower temperature it chars, and lower still if still hot, slow combustion is continually going on. Tar adds to heat and hastens combustion. It is used to preserve wood because it is thought to exclude water, which to some extent it does; but water is not nearly so great a destroyer of wood as heat is. Water, with a moderate heat, breeds fungus, and this is a wood destroyer also.
There is in the arctics a small fungus which grows in snow, and gives it a red tint. It is Protococcus nivalis. This season the same Scarlet Snow has been seen in the mountain of the Holy Cross in Colorado.