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 Messrs. Riley,Thomas and Packard. Published by the Department of the Interior.
It is pleasant to note that the important work of getting to an exact knowledge of the devastating locusts and other injurious insects is progressing satisfactorily. Ever since the early records of plagues of locusts, until now, the world has rested satisfied that these inroads are helpless visitations, and has sat down under the inflictions to suffer or to starve. Now we proceed with these pests as the detective deals with criminals. If a robbery occurs, all the surroundings are examined, and every trifling fact in connection therewith recorded. The wadding of a gun, a feather, a straw out of its usual place, may throw light on the habits of the intruder, and serve to trace him to his lurking place. So science now takes note of the work of the insect enemy. It is only by an exact record of what it is and what it does that it can be successfully combated. This is the good work the Government is doing, and this book a report of what has been done so far. To many the particulars of the anatomical structure of the locust will be dry reading, - but it is necessary, preliminary work. But already much of immediate, practical value has been gained.
There are but four species of migrating locusts, and these are indigenous to the treeless, arid and elevated regions from which they start on their predatory excursions. It is something to know just where we may attack them in their headquarters. About every eleven years their most destructive flights occur. The volume is profusely illustrated with maps of breeding grounds, and other locations incident to their excursions.
Western New York Horticultural Society. Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual Meeting. From P. Barry, President.
This was, we believe, the parent of all the State Pomological Societies, and also one of the first; if not also the first to see that pomology could not be well separated from gardening in general. This volume shows it still in the vanguard of usefulness. Many of the papers would do no discredit to a society where even gardening as a fine art is the essential feature. Some of our most intelligent horticulturists are members of this society, and take a prominent part in the discussions, and what they say is reported here.