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 regard to these expressions in the paper by Dr. Thomas Taylor, in our last, "W. R. G." writes: "Saxifax and Sassafax are not uncommon corruptions of sassafras, but I believe "labarax" for "Labarraque's" (solution) is something entirely new in the way of an effort toward a phonetic mode of spelling. The French apothecary who desired that widely-known preparation would shudder were it permitted to him to gaze upon page 233 of the Gardeners' Monthly, where an employe of a prominent department of a great government "labaraxes" him several times! What the French would call le borax does not enter into the preparation, if that was the idea underlying the peculiar orthography, for, better, cacography.