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.
"R. L. B." wants a better winter white flower than Stevia or Eupatorium affords. What shall it be ?
"W. S. B." asks :
" Can I grow the Poinsetta pulcherrima from seed ; if so, where can I get it? I do not find it in any of the many catalogues. I can find the plant advertised".
[It rarely, if ever, perfects its seeds under cultivation. It is always raised from cuttings. - Ed. G. M].
Dr. Sturtevant finds those melons which have an abundance of seeds to be inferior in eating qualities. This does not probably hold good in all fruits. The Rutter Pear which has rarely seeds, is remarkably good when only a few are allowed to bear. When over-bearing, as it usually does, it is a worthless fruit. The inference is that quality depends on something else than the ability to bear seeds.
The Australian papers are worrying over the fact that it takes over a dollar and a half worth of dynamite to blow up a stump. Better get an American stump pulling machine.
This, the small fungus known as Oidium Tuckeri, and which made such consternation among European grape growers a few years ago, is so easily destroyed by the use of the sulphur bellows, that no one fears it now. At one time it was believed that fungus would never attack healthy vegetation, but the healthiness of a grape vine soon after the sulphur has killed the fungus shows something is wrong with the old idea.
As is now generally known, the foreign varieties of the grape do not well in the Eastern United States, apparently from the dryness of the atmosphere, for they do very well when covered by glass so as to make the air about them humid; yet they do well in the dry atmosphere of Utah. A correspondent of the Country Gentleman notes their success at Brigham City.
Mr.Thos C. Thur-low, in an admirable address on apple culture, at West Newberry, Mass., remarked that the only glut from apple culture would be from poor fruit, which it would pay better to feed to cattle than send to market. The prices of first-class apples have been steadily rising for the past ten years, and first-class fruit will always sell at paying prices.
A few years ago much was expected from the fibre of Urtica nivea, the China grass or Ramie. The last we heard of it was that the fibre could not be profitably cleaned unless some improved machinery could be invented. Recently, as we have reason to believe, some one has been successful, and a demand for it is springing up. Can any reader give us the latest intelligence about it?