This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", 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.
Telegraph Cucumber will suit you for winter. If you have two pipes for bottom-heat, you require no hot dung. Good loam and some dung, and, if at hand, a few bones about the size of peas, and some charcoal: a yellow loam will do well. When you water, give a good soaking, and keep the soil moderately moist during the winter, but not so much so as might be judicious during summer.
You will not succeed in beginning to force so early unless the Vines are thoroughly well ripened. If they are not, you will be more successful by allowing them to swell their buds in a cool temperature before applying fire-heat: of course your crop will be late. If you determine to start them before Christmas, try and give a gentle bottom-heat, by plunging the pots in a bed of leaves, or in a bed underneath which there are hot-water pipes.
The insect No. 1 we frequently find on our Peach-trees, where it eats the leaves; No. 2 amongst our Vines, where it eats holes in the foliage. We call them both beetles, but cannot give you their scientific names; but, what is to you of more importance, we can tell you how to get rid of; them. Place several saucers with treacle in them close to their haunts, and they will soon be found in dozens sticking in it.
We cannot say what is the matter with your Pear-trees.
Your trees are no doubt affected with mildew. Dust the white spots with flowers of sulphur, and keep your house well aired. Both a want and an excess of water at the root are favourable to mildew. So keep the soil moist but not sodden, and see that the drainage is good.
I had it on trial this season, and in my opinion it is the best Turnip for garden culture that I have seen. The flesh is very solid and white; and whether cooked or uncooked, it is the sweetest in flavour that I ever tasted. J. Hammond.
No. We will be glad to hear that you have tried any other with greater advantage.