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.
The excellent example of the Montgomery County Society is bringing forth good fruits by imitation elsewhere. We have here before us the proceedings of a younger body which promises a similar life of usefulness. Among other matters we note a discussion on "heat and foliation," suggested by a discussion in the Gardener's Monthly last year. The point whether the soil under grass was warmer or colder than soil clear of all vegetation was debated with considerable animation. As the meeting was held at a country residence which had "yard, garden and farm" attached, we supposed some five minutes would be spent in testing the point with a thermometer, instead of discussing each person's "belief" for an hour. But it proved to be the same old story, and the members went away, each confirmed in their previous opposite belief. One gentleman "did not believe Mr. Meehan ever cut cord wood when the mercury was 18° below zero." Perhaps Mr. Meehan has, and perhaps he has not; but he has put a thermometer under grass sod and under clear ground, when the sun has had an equal chance, and he has found the sod-covered tract the coolest.