This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
P. E. Cobden, Ills., asks: "Can you tell me through the Monthly what to add to lime wash to make it stick to young trees through a rainy season? I find whitewash a good protection against rabbits as long as it adheres. Have used glue in it without helping much".
[We have never before been confronted by this question, but it may be noted that washes of lime are used by plasterers in Philadelphia who employ tallow, which is stirred into the lime while it is slacking, and in that way mixes very well with it. The coloring matter is generally mixed with the lime at the same time. We have known these washes remain on walls for many years, and they would probably remain on trees the same way until the coating cracked by the growth of the trunk. - Ed. G. M].