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.
The double pointed tack now used for holding carpets, matting, etc,, in place, is probably the best contrivance made for affixing rose bushes and such climbing plants as the white jessamine, English ivy, and others, to the weather-boarding of houses, piazza posts, fences of close, vertical and horizontal boards, and to border stakes, large and small. Compared with leather, cotton, and twine strings, bits of tape, scraps of cloth and muslin, the articles heretofore used for vine fastenings, there is everything to be said in favor of the tack as to looks. The fact is, when in place, it is hardly, if at all, seen; and if seen, not unattractive. Then the work done with it is clean, trim, and complete in appearance, quickly accomplished, and with certainty, and at a great saving of time. This I say after a year's trial. But surely the use of these tacks is nothing new. Is it, however, common? I have certainly never seen them employed for the purpose here suggested, nor have I met with anyone who has; still, they seem so perfectly adapted to this work of vine and bush supporting that I cannot doubt but that professional and amateur gardeners, here and there, have long since found them out and put them to use.
I will mention that two varieties of these staples are manufactured; one kind being of steel, square" edged, and attenuate pointed; the other of malleable iron, round of edge, and, to use a botanical term again, merely acute at the point. Of course, the first, with wedge-shaped legs and square edges, are greatly preferable, as anyone may learn by giving the two a five minutes' test. I suppose I am free to say this - to speak thus critically - and say all, in fact, that I have said, as I am not interested in the manufacture or sale of these things further than any lover of flowers and gardening might be. Three sizes of these tacks are now made, the largest being three-eighths of an inch in width. Several more sizes, up to an inch in width, would be needed, should the tack be extensively adopted by the florist and private gardener.
Santa Cruz, California.