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.
Pennsylvania, regarded as a very "slow State," advances rapidly when once it makes up its mind to go forward. It is only five years since it followed other States with a "State Board of Agriculture," but it has done excellent work since. Usually, bodies of this kind do not issue their reports till nearly a year after date. Here we have a huge volume of 650 pages, issued within two months after the year closed. Of course the admirable abilities of the methodical secretary, Thomas J. Edge, have much to do with the prompt appearance. Many of the papers read before this body find their way through the manuscripts to the public papers. The extemporaneous addresses are taken down by the State stenographer and appear here for the first time. Among these are the addresses of the State Botanist - one at Williamsport on "Forestry and Forests," one at York on the "Fertility of Trees and Plants," and at Gettysburg on "Farmer's Gardens." Some of the best of the written essays have also not been widely re-published. One on ' Peach Buds and Peach Growing," especially, has not had the attention it deserves as one of the most thoughtful and original papers on peach culture that has ever appeared.
It is from the pen of Mr. Sherfey, son of the owner of the celebrated peach orchard at Gettysburg, in which one of the bloodiest engagements of the Civil War took place. There are many beautiful illustrations of horticultural and agricultural import, some of them colored, notably the Miner plum, Cumberland Triumph strawberry (too deep a scarlet, we think), and in plain outline and perspective plates of apples, grapes, etc., illustrating popular Pennsylvania seedlings.