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.
Few people have any idea of the enormous extent of land under fruit culture in the United States. A correspondent from Barnesville, Ohio, tells us that about 6,000 bushels of Raspberries were sent from that station last season, and, as we suppose,seventy-five bushels to the acre would be a good crop, this gives about eighty acres. It seems almost incredible, but suppose it must be so.
Mr. Purdy says in the Fruit Recorder that the originator of this variety was an ardent admirer of Colonel Robert In-gersoll, the famous lecturer, and named his strawberry from his familiar expression regarding his favorite man.
The Evergreen Blackberry, is said by an Oregon fruit grower to have been introduced into that region from the South Sea Islands, and to have berries the size of the Lawton. We do not know anything about it.
This is brought out by the well-known Long Island seedsman of this name, who claims for it, that it is a pistillate, stands drouth, bears abundantly and remains in "picking condition fully three weeks".
In Venezuela the Canna is very extensively grown for its tuberous roots. The species appears to be Canna edulis.
A correspondent from Moorton, Delaware, sends us some fruit and branches of a plum said to be a native of the Rocky Mountains, with a very circumstantial account of its discovery and removal to the East.
The plum itself is a very good fruit, but there has been some mistake about its being found wild in the Rocky Mountains. It is of the European race, and whatever merits it may have it will have to be compared with other varieties of that class.
"F. B.," Cadiz, O., writes: "I note that you recommend growing fruit trees in grass, and giving them sometimes a top dressing of manure or fertilizing material, so that both the grass and the trees may have something to eat. What are we poor fellows to do, who have no fertilizers to top-dress with?"
[Do not have grass; or else, do not have the trees. When a tree is half starving, it would be not even horse sense to get grass to share the "half-loaf" with the tree. - Ed. G. M].
"J. G.,"Brookfield, Mo., desires to know the best fertilizer on benches in a forcing house for vegetables, after the earth has been already on the benches in use two or three years. In this part of the world we think the effort would be to wholly change the earth. The next best would be, to use cow manure at least one year old. Outside of this, whatever would be most convenient would probably decide the question. Bone dust and guano are in extensive use.