This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A correspondent from White Plains, New York, writes that the canker worm is playing great havoc with his apple trees, and desires to know whether there is any cheap and effectual remedy. We suppose Professor Burrill's plan of using an engine with a solution of Paris green is the best remedy so far.
"W.E.M.," Alexander City, Ala., writes about the rarity or value of a white blackberry he has found wild. These and white black cap raspberries are not uncommon, but no one has been found capable of holding its own against the colored kinds.
This is the great want of America, not the preservation of old forests, the half of which is but dead brushwood. Wherever forestry has been profitable in the Old World it has been by forestry planting, not by forestry preserving. The late Duke of Buccleugh had a sort of " gold mine in his Scotch forests." For the past twenty years he had 200 men, women and boys, and 20 horses, continually at work on forestry planting.
The Pinus Laricio is found one of the most valuable timber trees for places near the sea-coast in Europe; but because of its disinclination for transplanting, is not a favorite with planters.
Catalpa speciosa has been largely planted for timber in New South Wales, and found to thrive wonderfully; is growing in popularity there.
Forestry says the Birnam Beeches, so well known to students of English literature, are "obviously" more than 500 years old - probably "living at the Norman conquest".
The American Agriculturist tells us that a dose of Epsom salts is a good cure for poisoning on the hand or arm by the poison Rhus. No, thank you! A fair exchange is no robbery; but we could not think of exchanging the poison for a dose like this. We shall stick to the poison every time.
Mr. Case says: "Last winter was very hard on many things that heretofore had been quite hardy with me. For instance, the form of Catalpa you proposed to call C. bignonioides nana, or that sold in our nurseries under the name of C. Bungei, never was injured before, but this spring it makes a very sickly attempt to vegetate".
Prof. Groff notes: "Roses are sometimes seen with the stem growing beyond the flower. This spring some one sent me a strawberry in which the stem had continued to grow beyond the fruit. Has this been often observed?"
[It sometimes occurs. The fruiting stem of a strawberry is simply a metamorphosed runner, which has become erect, and hence, a short stem may appear from a flower head, just as it would beyond the young plant on a runner. - Ed. G. M].