This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Lindley's Theory and Practice of Horticulture costs 21s. Longman & Co. publish it, but any bookseller will procure it for you. It is a grand book; study it closely.
You did quite right in shaking out your Pines. Do not exceed 90° of bottom-heat. Keep the atmosphere moist, and water them as soon as they begin to make fresh roots. Suckers will do best in a place by themselves, as the heat and moisture of a forcing-pit are too much for them. Water the suckers as soon as they make roots an inch long. Our Treatise on the Pine might be of use to you.
I beg to inform you that Bailey's was the best-flavoured green-flesh Melon shown at the Royal Botanic Society's Show, July 12 and 13, and not Queen Emma, as stated by your reporter in this month's 'Gardener.' I will enclose a few seeds from the prize Melon, if you will please to accept, and give them a trial. - I am, etc, Charles Ross.
[Many thanks. - Ed].
The cause of your Grapes cracking is a rich moist border, and the light crop increases the tendency. Keep your border dry, and cut the shoots on which the bunches are half through below each bunch. This will prevent so great a flow of sap to the bunches.
No; not just now at any rate. We think the object has so far been gained, and if our efforts in the matter have helped the cause, we are only too glad.