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 French government appropriated $250,000 towards aiding the French vine growers in fighting the Phylloxera, and has promised a similar sum for next year. It shows the importance of the grape in French industry.
We believe the two leading mulberries popular for their fruit in this country, are varieties of the Morus alba. These are the Hicks and the Downing. Mr. Felix Gillette, of California, has introduced a variety of the European Black mulberry, which he says bears in that country from July to October. As the fruit of the morus nigra is perhaps the best in flavor of all the mulberries, this ought to be a good addition to American fruit lists. He calls it Noir of Spain - Spanish Black.
Mr. Hunt, of Concord, Mass., believes that there is little profit in the market culture of any vegetable about Boston, but such as will yield two crops a year from the same ground.
It is a well known fact that while the white part of asparagus is usually tough and uneatable, white asparagus is sometimes tender and delicious, and many would like to get it in that way. Col. Wilder says the French get it by piling manure thickly on the beds - and it has been observed in this country, that when the roots are planted deep in loose ground, the white part is softer than when the plant is set not far beneath the surface.
This delicious vegetable is beginning to be appreciated in England and the merits of some of the best American varieties are being spiritedly discussed. "Only think, says an English paper," "What of Tomatoes twenty years ago in comparison with Tomatoes of the present!"
French catalogues tell us that this is a "precious introduction," and a "very pretty bulb." This ought to be good commendation, but the advertiser goes on to say that it is "excellent," and "very good" - and all this in a mere onion! Our laudations of strawberries and such other good fruits are surely excusable after all this.
The best way to get Horse Radish is to prepare a very rich piece of ground. Get very strong roots and cut them into pieces of half an inch in length or so. Make a hole with a crow-bar or stake, so that the piece of root will be at least a foot from the surface. Then fill in the hole. The root will grow up through to the surface, and make a clean, straight root in the future.