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 reference to the note in the Gardener's Monthly last fall, Mr. Daniel Smith, of Newburg. N. Y., says in the Newburg Journal: "I am exceedingly pleased by seeing this theory of shading the soil advocated by so able a journal as the Gardener's Monthly. My own observation satisfies me that we are too much disposed in the cultivation of plants to leave the soil exposed to the burning rays of the sun. So also with the fruit and ornamental shrubbery; the consequence is the moisture is so evaporated as to retard the growth, if not entirely destroy the plant. We have found by actual experiment that some of our flowering plants that will not flourish in soils exposed to the sun succeed admirably when planted in the lawn with the grassy sod growing around and among them. The best Japan lilies I have seen in this vicinity were grown in this manner. Nearly or quite all of the varieties of our beautiful Japan lilies fail to succeed in our cultivated grounds unless the surface is kept cool by mulching. The same may be said of most of our garden as well as our field plants.
Strawberries, for instance, are particularly benefited by this treatment, and by proper attention to it newly-set plants may be saved, as well as fine crops of fruits insured from established plants."