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.
Published by the Department. We have here the papers read and the discussions thereon ; the latter, however, do not seem very well reported. Members are made to give replies to questions, which, so far as the proceedings go, were never made; and when a member does rise to answer questions there often seems little relevancy between the two. This sort of reporting is often found in reports of local societies, but would have hardly been expected here. In the discussions on grape culture, Mr. Wm. Saunders is reported as saying that phylloxera has been long observed on the roots of grapes; but that it is only when the plants are otherwise diseased and their normal vitality impaired that the insects prevail to a fatal extent. Prof. Riley suggested that in Europe the appearance of the phylloxera in any neighborhood added immensely to any destruction of the vine that had formerly occurred, and Prof. McMurtrie, chemist to the department, believed that if the soils were not exhausted of the chemical constituents necessary to the health of the vines, there would be little trouble from other enemies.
It is proper to say that we only give our own impression of the views of these several distinguished gentlemen after reading the reporters' notes, which we should suppose, as already suggested, barely do the speakers justice.