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.
In the West twenty years is believed to be the average duration of an apple tree, as against forty in the Atlantic portion of the United States.
These are made from Opuntia Tuna in the South. If the fruit be in any demand, it may be on the whole profitable to have a cactus hedge; but if the joints fall off as easily as they do under culture, and get scattered (everywhere) around, the cactus hedge would be probably wished far enough in strawberry time.
Prof. Riley says: "Samples of cocoons were sent to the secretary of the Silk Board at Lyons, and appraised by him. The Madura fed cocoons were rated at 85 cents per pound; those raised partly on Osage and party on mulberry at 95 cents per pound; and those fed entirely on mulberry at $1.11 per pound".
Though California has succeeded so well with the raisin, no attempt seems to have been made with the currant, which is made from the Black Corinth, or seedless grape. The white and red varieties are in some collections, and now we learn the black has been safely landed there. There ought to be as much profit in this as in the raisin, and no doubt it will be found so. The Calitornia fruit growers have a wonderful faculty of making a thing like this succeed when once they get hold of it.
This is the tuber of a species of sunflower, and is really a very good vegetable when properly cooked. At one time it was in general use, and it is again making its appearance in city markets.
A correspondent of the Massachusetts Ploughman, says this was a wild-ling found near Wilmington, Mass., by Samuel Thompson, of Woburn. Grafts were taken to Abijah Thompson, whose neighbor, Col. Baldwin, subsequently distributed them.
"E.W.," with specimens of curl, adds the following note: " I notice the luxuriant young foliage of peach trees becoming badly affected, obviously by the cool wet weather of the past few weeks, preceded as this was by a week or so of bright warm weather which had excited vegetation into rapid growth. The leaves are variously colored from white to pink and crispately curled, crumpled and wasted in the most singular manner. I send by this mail a few specimen leaves".