This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"R. L. B. of Des Moines, Iowa," wishes to know the best method of shading the glass of the greenhouse in summer. Peter Henderson (I do not know a better authority) says, "The best shading we have used is naphtha mixed with white lead,so as to give it the appearance of thin milk. This can he put on with a syringe very quickly, at a cost not exceeding twenty-five cents per 1000 square feet. It holds on the entire season until loosened by fall frosts, which is for most plants just the time required to be taken off"
Last fall when taking up plants I noticed some chance seedlings of Eupatorium angustifol-ium, in a pot containing a Century plant. I put them in the greenhouse in a solid bed with other plants, nipped the tops to keep them bushy. They grew rapidly and came into flower the same week with others that had been kept in pots all summer, plunged in the ground, repotted twice and put in the greenhouse at the same time. The question arises in my mind, why not save five months time, trouble of watering and potting, instead of planting seeds in September with the same result. Does anybody do this way?