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.
As recently noted, one of the worst enemies to gardening near large cities is smoke. Anything bearing on the removal of this evil has an interest to our readers. The following simple method for the consumption of smoke is given by a German paper: Start the fire as usual and let it burn until the coals are in a bright glow; then rake the coals on the grate to the right and left, so as to form an empty space along the middle, and put the fresh coals into this space. The smoke which is formed from the fresh coals is consumed by the glowing fires on either side. If the grate is very wide two such open spaces in the fire are advantageous for the addition of fresh fuel.