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.
I prefer the spur system to any others, and should say the double spur. By this mode we have always young wood which bears fruit but once, and is then cut out and replaced by a shoot of the same age which has not been allowed to bear fruit.
I am afraid that I have exhausted your patience, but being a lover of the grape and its culture, will, I hope be accepted, as some excuse for this prolix paper. - Read before the New York Horticultural Society.
These have been so much improved in France, that their culture, as a salad herb, ranks with lettuce or endive.
"A. S. M.," Al-toona, Pa., writes: "Can you tell me what remedy will keep pear roots from sprouting, or how can tree and all be killed?"
If pulled up while the wood is still soft, as soon as we can get hold of them, they seldom appear again the same season. - Ed G. M].
"J. T." sends a very fine peach which he proposes to call "Golden October." The specimen sent came to hand October 5th. It was rather above the medium size, of a fine golden color, cling-stone, with a moderately good flavor in comparison with the best of its season. Peaches, especially late peaches, are so numerous that its exact value must be measured by comparison with others ripening with it at the same season.
Mr. Moore says: "We forward you per express this day a basket of Moore's Early Grape. In the top of basket will be found a medium-sized Concord grown in the same vineyard".
[The Concord sent was smaller and inferior to the best Concords raised here; but if this is a fair sample of the Concords of Massachusetts it is safe to say that Moore's is one third larger every way and a much more eatable grape. - Ed. G. M].
A distinguished po-mologist writes: "I, too, had the privilege of tasting the Triumph which Munson sent to me, and it is indeed a wonder in the way of hybrids. Indeed it seems scarcely credible that the Concord should have been one of its parents. Unless the fact was undoubted I should suggest 'Chas-selas Musque.'"
Some specimens from D. W. Beadle came to hand in a somewhat fermented condition, but appeared to be a white grape of very superior flavor. It is claimed to be a very early variety, and, so far as we may be allowed to judge from these imperfect specimens, it promises very well indeed.