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.
"We do not see our way to open our pages to the discussion of this subject, just now at any rate. There has been a deal of nonsense uttered anent it; and all that we have heard said about it of recent years, we consider greatly inferior to what Mr Loudon wrote about it many years ago.
Epigaea Repens is a dwarf, trailing, evergreen shrub, rarely rising above 9 inches high, with white - in some individuals, pink - flowers in small clusters, very fragrant, delighting in shady places, and excellent for introducing into woods where the native vegetation is not of a rank character, and where the soil is peaty, or composed of decayed leaves and sand. W. S.
Mr James Epps, Lewisham, Kent, has sent us a sample of his selected peat, for choice plants, Orchids, Ferns, etc. The quality of the peat seems unexceptionable, and we think it well worthy of being commended to our readers, especially as some plant-cultivators are often at a loss where to obtain such an article.
In our notice of Sir Garnet Wolseley Cucumber last month, we gave the name of the raiser as James Hamilton. It should have been Joseph Hamilton & Son, Carlisle.
Lift the whole of your heath from the bed, and trench it, and if possible add some fresh peat or sandy soil and leaf mould; then divide your old plants, cut off portions of the old stumpy roots, and plant them much deeper than they were before, and keep them moist. This process will dwarf them, and they will root afresh on the young wood, and grow more fresh and vigorous.
A very showy species, with large spreading rosy-purple flowers - that is, the ray is of that colour, and the disc yellow. An excellent border-plant, growing to the height of about 15 inches.
Collection of Gourds - H. Duckworth (Jones, gardener).
Tynninghame Muscat Grapes - Mr Lees, Tynninghame.