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 following "heroic" treatment is recommended by a correspondent of the Pacific Rural Press: "That to cure the curl-leaf, split the bark on the tree in four or five places with a sharp knife, from the ground up as high as you can reach. If done early in the season the tree will soon become healthy and vigorous."
The Comet, of Jackson, Miss., of May 21st, says: "Strawberries are exceedingly perishable, and require more careful handling than any other fruit. If the weather is hot they won't bear long transportation. Almost any one can handle a peach crop, but it is more difficult to manage a strawberry crop. The crop paid little enough last year, but this year has paid a great deal less - hardly clearing expenses.
No one has thought to try grape growing for profit near Montreal, but Mr. R. J. Donnelly finds a variety called Beaconsfield perfectly hardy, and has great faith that grape growing as a business could be made a success in that place.
Under this name we find the following remarks in the proceedings of the Montgomery Co, Ohio, Horticultural Society: "French Pippin, of dealers in Cincinnati. An old market variety brought West by Silas Wharton. Specimen grown in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Esteemed as a valuable market fruit, especially for cooking. Tree large, long-limbed, spreading and drooping, bearing at the ends of twigs. Holds well."
A very pretty white peach under this name is the subject of a colored plate in the May number of The Florist and Pomologist. It was raised by Rivers from the Early Silver. It belongs to the large flowered section. It ripens with Barrington and Late Admirable. So many foreign varieties do well in our climate that it seems worth while to enter this on our record of novelties.
This oldest of old sorts is still one of the populars with English growers.
Step by step different sections of the continent are discovering what each is best fitted for. Canada, or at least Ontario, is becoming the great pea garden of the new world. All the best pea seed comes from there.
We have from Mr. James Greenhalgh, gardener to G. G. Green, of Woodbury, N. J., several banana fruit, ripened in their greenhouse. The quality and size were at least equal to imported fruit. The bunches must have been very fine, averaging about 150 pounds and about 300 to the bunch. They have reason to be proud of their success.