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.
"G. McC," Boulder, Colorado, sends us various questions, written on both sides of a sheet of paper, which prevents us from classifying them, as it is generally best to do; so we have to find a place for all of them under the "literary" head. It is never wise to write on more than one side of a sheet when sending matter to the press. He says:
" Will you please give me information upon the following points in the Gardener's Monthly : 1. What work on landscape gardening is best adapted to small rural places ? Can you recommend Scott's?
" 2. Give the names and addresses of the secretaries of the State Horticultural Societies of California and Kansas, also Utah, if there are such.
" 3. It is said that fruit of first-class flavor cannot be grown on land on which water is allowed to stand, and hence such fruit cannot be grown in localities which require irrigating. Furthermore, it is said that California Oranges and other fruits, though often of monstrous size, are deficient in flavor, and cannot compete in the eastern markets with those grown in Florida or Louisiana. Is this true ?
"4. An esteemed horticultural friend of mine takes strong ground against horticultural societies and journals. He says, 'When an inventor discovers any thing of general value he at once secures to himself the advantages by letters patent, instead of turning it out to public use. Why, then, should a pomologist be expected to be so generous as to give away the results of long and costly experiments ! As to horticultural papers, it is generally the novice that writes for them. The experienced and successful man holds his tongue, and endeavors to profit by his discoveries.' This reasoning seems cogent. What says the Gardener's Monthly about it?"
[For first-class work, on large or small places, there is no work like Scott's. Every one interested in genuine horticultural taste should have this work in his library. For smaller efforts, such for instance as the making of a farm neat and cheerful in its surroundings, the work of Elliott, published by Dewey, of Rochester, gives valuable assistance.
2. There are either horticultural or pomologi-cal societies in all the States named. The officers are usually changed about this time every year; but if you will write to Mr. John Reading, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mr. Charles H. Shinn, Niles, California, and J. K. Hudson, Topeka, Kansas, they will no doubt with pleasure give the names of those in office.
3. Report is correct; but why should water be allowed to "stand?" It seems to us no more difficult to under drain land that is to be irrigated than land which is watered by the rain. The writer of this paragraph has had three separate occasions of being personally well acquainted with the soil about Boulder city, and is quite sure there is no more reason why as good fruit cannot be grown there as in any part of the United States. Indeed he looks on irrigation as a better agent, in successful agricultural or horticultural operations, than the agency of nature in her fickle rule of rain, and has seen nothing to take back since he announced these views in an address in Greely, in 1871.
4. Your friend is perfectly right, if all the knowledge he expects to gain is only such as inventors can patent, or such as any man may be largely interested in keeping to himself. We quite agree that no man should be expected to be so generous as to give away the results of long and costly experiments.
We do not pretend to give, for two dollars a year, this costly and valuable information. But though our readers may not get a thousand dollars' worth of information for two dollars, it is generally believed that they do get two dollars worth ; and we have little doubt, if the esteemed friend did not want quite so much for the money, he would find two dollars spent on the Garde ner's Monthly worth at least that sum].