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 a recent work on grape culture no less than 538 varieties of the foreign grape have been described. It is moved and seconded that a committee be appointed to cut the number down to fifty. The Black Hamburg and the Muscat of Alexandria ought to lead off in that fifty.
B. 0. Curtis, of Paris, 111., says he has a standard tree of the Anjou which has never lost a leaf, twig or bud by winterkilling; has never blighted; which annually produces a moderate crop of large, handsome pears, scarcely to be surpassed in quality. He has five dwarf trees of the same sort, twenty-seven years planted, in the same excellent condition of health and bearing. He thinks that by proper selection pears may be raised for fifty cents per bushel in Illinois.
The Country Gentleman remarks that the objection made that cattle do not see, and run against them, may be partially removed by planting light-growing hedge plants in connection with the fences.
Among the white grapes which promise well, the Prentiss stands very high. It is early, ripens with Concord, is very productive, and in all the samples we have tasted it has been of excellent flavor.
Mr. Geo. Hussman considers Levy's Late and Henrietta to have no special difference worth noting.
A correspondent of the Pacific Rural Press speaks of the English walnut not bearing even when twentytwo years old. It must be a bad case. They will bear in less than half that time in the East.
This dwarf variety, introduced by Messrs. Bliss, seems to be having a popular run in England.
Papers that had an annual laugh over reports of "certain destruction of the peach crop," are taking the matter seriously this year. Still we would advise them not to give it up yet. There has been severe cold, and there are many blackhearted buds; but it is quite likely enough have been saved to give us all we need. At any rate it is as well to wait a little yet.
Rev. E. P. Roe, sends us again some of these. On two former occasions that we received samples we could not recommend that it be added to our already large list of kinds. These, however, give us a better opinion of it. They are larger and more beautiful than samples formerly sent, and a flavor that is very agreeable. If they are generally as good as these, and the tree good in habits, we think, large as the good apple list is we may yet add this one more.