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.
The Women's Silk Culture Exhibit, held in Philadelphia last month, was a very successful one. Instructions for raising the worm and reeling the silk are sent free to anybody. So far as we know there is a ready market for all the raw silk that can be raised, and the prices are fair. Miss. H. Annie Lucas, 1328 Chestnut street, is the Corresponding Secretary of the Association.
By attention to firm and rather dry soil it is now known that almost any kind of true native grape may be made to thrive in any part of the Union. Loose open soil is unfavorable.
Judging by the notes in English papers, it appears that considerable quantities of this variety are yet received in England from America. The general impression here is that it is rapidly giving out. Probably, the one famous spot on the Hudson River where it found itself at home, still keeps up a good supply for England. It is extremely rare to find a barrel on sale in the Philadelphia market.
It is said these make a fair vegetable when cooked. The flavor resembles salsify. The Japanese have improved the wild kind till it has become much superior to the original.
This has long been the most popular of English apples, but we judge by the remark of the Garden, concerning a recent exposition, that the "Ribston is still often seen in good form," that it is regarded as on the downward track.
One of the reasons for the extensive planting of this apple in Mass., is that in does well on high dry soils, where other more surface rooting kinds comparatively fail.
Mr. Barry advocates subsoiling for fruit trees, and all farm and garden crops.
It is surprising that more persons do not grow these in pots and tubs as room ornaments. A comparatively young plant will grow from twenty-five to fifty lemons a year, and usually they are much better than those we buy. We saw a test recently where one was taken from a tree which yielded double the quantity of juice to a first-class store fruit.
Mr. Long-streth of Dayton, Ohio, believes that the best remedy is a strong tea of the white hellebore, applied with a syringe to the young wood and under surface of the leaves before the insect is hatched, when they will turn white, drop off, and the bushes and fruit will mature admirably.