This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A "reader," Kankakee, Ill., inquires where certain Raspberries, noted in our columns, are to be purchased. "We fancy they are not for sale, or notice thereof would appear in our advertising columns.
R. B. asks, "What has become of the Standard Currants and Gooseberries, about which, so much was said in the Gardener's Monthly, a year or so ago. I believe they were to be grown on the Missouri Currant. Is it a failure?" [By no means, but nurserymen have had no spirit to work up new ideas the past few years. - Ed. G. M].
[It will, unless the division can be easily made without disturbing the roots. - Ed. G. M].
The Eucalyptus in California is pronounced not a success as a street tree, though still in great demand where wood is scarce. It goes up like a rocket well enough, but too soon it comes down "like a stick," under comparatively moderate breezes. It is said that no buildings near which they are grown are safe from the grand smash at any time.
From all accounts, the trade in lumber shows no decrease. The American Cultivator tells us that "Up to Nov. 1, there were 3,000,000 feet more of lumber surveyed at Bangor than in 1877 to that date, and 5,000,000 feet more than in 1876. As on the first of August the amount surveyed was 7,000,000 feet less than last year, it will be seen that for the three months since, there have been 10,000,000 feet more surveyed than in the corresponding time last year".
Mr. Gladstone, the distinguished statesman, as our own Horace Greely was, is fond of the axe. He has been giving a correspondent some leaves from his note-book. He considers Yew the most difficult tree to fell; next come Beech and Ash; Oak, though very hard, fells well; but the easiest of all is Spanish Chestnut.
Iowa must have a terrible climate. Prof. Buddsays it will not do in that State to work the Cherry on Mazzard or Mahaleb stocks, which are too tender to survive without being deeply covered.
Through the influence of some members of the Dayton Literary Union, there has been organized, in connection with that Union, a botanical section, and quite a revival on the subject of botany has followed in that community.