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.
According to a record of the rain fall since 1840, kept at Harvard College Observatory, the spring of 1880 is the driest recorded, the rain-fall during the months of April, May and June being but 4.31 inches! The driest spring preceding that was in 1S44, when for the corresponding three months 5.19 inches fell; 10.95 inches have been the average rain-fall for the same three months during the past forty years. No wonder, then, our gardens suffered so extremelv because of the drouth during the past spring and summer.