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.
Fruit of this, tested by Mr. Barry in April, indicates that it will be as grand a winter pear in the East as it proved to be in California, where it originated.
This is attracting much attention in Europe. Like the Vitis incisa of our Southern States, it has tuberous roots - but that is rather a Cissus - while this appears to be a true grape, though the botanical name is not given. It is believed in France, where it was first introduced by M. Martin, government gardener at Saignon, that it will be proof against Phylloxera, and naturally is exciting much interest on this account. Good wine has been made from it.
Mr. Samuel Miller, the raiser of Martha, believes his variety will be superseded by the Pocklington.
These grapes, which come to market in such a pretty unshriv-elled condition, and with so little taste, the Garden believes are gathered before fully ripe.
Some peas need no sticks to climb on, but the largest crops are from those which need sticks. Experiments made with the same kind of peas show a much larger product from those which have sticks to climb on. Twiggy sticks must be used, as the tendril cannot clasp a club. Good gardeners use stout branches if they can get them, but pluck off the upper twigs and stick them in between the stout branches at the ground. This helps the young plant up to where all the light twigs are.
Drawings in European catalogues exhibit peas fourteen in a pod. Did any one see in this country that many in a pod, in either an old or a new variety?
This is said to be the latest improvement in English peas, and to be well worthy of its name.
An Ohio correspondent says: "In Hooper's Western Fruit Book, page 337 (No. 27), it says, ' Probably a native fruit.' Is there a Crab Apple under cultivation of native origin (variety of Pyrus coronaria) ?"
[It is generally believed that Hewes' Virginia Crab is a variety of Pyrus coronaria, the only indigenous species of apple that we have. But this is doubtful. We should be inclined to decide that there is no variety of the true American apple under culture. - Ed. G. M].
Mr. Fay planted a forest on the poor sands of Cape Cod, the land not worth fifty cents per acre. Scotch pines, sown as late as 1861, were thirty feet high, and ten inches in diameter a foot from the ground. With such admirable results in the most unlikely place, what may we not look for when American forestry is reduced to a science.