This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Few fruits have greater commercial importance than the Cranberry. Those who labor for improvement in them deserve credit. Some varieties are better able to resist unfavorable circumstances than others. Some are earlier, some larger, and others again more productive. There are many fields in which improvements may be worked out. Among varieties well spoken of, are " Eaton's Bell" and "Mansfield Creeper." The former ripens in Connecticut by the 5th of September.
Mr. M. S. Combs, in a paper read before the Kentucky Horticultural Society, asserts that it is far better to spend a little pains in crossing, than to rely on chance seedlings for the improvement of the varieties of fruit.
Our farmers and gardeners in the West who regard the soil worn out after they have taken twenty years of crops without manure, from them, must not lose heart. An exchange says that around Shanghai in China, the ground has been cropped for '• countless generations," and is as good or even better today than it ever was. When nature has done with the ground, art can recover it always. Man is greater than nature when he sets himself to work.
This is the title of a new tomato advertised in Germany. All the information we can gather concerning it is that " it will not fail to cause a great sensation".
This is a chance seedling which was found near Ava, Missouri. It is said to be a good addition to the early kinds. It is three inches across, which is a good size for an early peach. Unfortunately it is a clingstone.
"G. H.," Yarmouth, Mass., says: "Please let me know in your Gardener's Monthly of Gros Colman grapevine. Will it do for a cold grapery, quality, color, size of bunch?"
[The Gros Colman grape is not considered a first-class variety for a cold grapery, and it does not stand as the highest for warmer houses. - Ed. G. M].
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway is now consuming lumber and timber at the average rate of 600,000 feet a month. In the seven past months of this year, its consumption has been 4,200,000 feet, brought mainly from along its line in West Virginia. Much of this has been used in the Newports-News extension.
A white oak tree recently cut in Salem County measured six feet and two inches across the stump. Trees of this size are now scarce in South Jersey; or East Jersey either for that matter. - N. J. Mirror. •