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.
Dr. Storer of Harvard University, has entered the list against Darwin's views of the value of the earth worm. He concludes a long paper in the Country Gentleman, by asserting that though they may sometimes do good, they may also work to cause sterility.
This is of unknown origin, at least it was seen to be something different from the rest in a bed of some kind, at Bayview, Mich. It has some repute in the Chicago markets.
This variety introduced by the Messrs. Bliss, is holding its ground admirably in England, where the pea is a standard crop, and good varieties in constant demand.
According to recent reports, the most popular strawberries in the State are Wilson and Crescent. The Michigan Farmer suggests they are popular because they are the "Lazyman's " varieties.
The fruit ripening and falling so long in succession, makes the tree an excellent one for planting in chicken yards. The birds are very fond of the fruit. The White Mulberry or perhaps the everbearing sorts, will be the best to have.
Dr. Franklin B. Hough, United States Commissioner of Forestry, is preparing a work concisely . outlining the general subjects of Forestry in America.
The newspapers say that Burlington and Cedar Rapids Railroad Company is planting trees along the line of their road, between Muscatine and Nichols. In the East the railroads are cutting trees away from their tracks, because of the tendency to fire which the collected leaves and dead branches excite.
Professor Bessey believes timber is less durable in Iowa than elsewhere, and that the abundant presence of the dry rot fungus is the cause thereof.
It is proposed in South Australia that a block of 200,000 acres be reserved for systematic tree planting, and that in the first year $70,000 be expended upon it, and in each of the eleven following years $52,500, a total expense of $650,000. After the first five years it is estimated there would be a revenue from periodical thinnings of $175,000, and in twenty-one years they would possess 310 square miles of forest.
This, the Platanus Wrightii, first found by Charles Wright on the Mexican Boundary Survey in 1851-2, was seen by Mr. Lemmon on the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tuczon, Arizona, on his recent trip. It is rather smaller than other species of Plane. They were about ten or fifteen feet in circumference.