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 Keystone, Daisy and Early Concord, are new candidates for earli-ness; the second one named being also "wonderfully " productive. The same introducer has " twenty more " not " fully tested," but of which we are to hear more anon.
We are glad to learn that another of the admirable seedlings of Mr. Ricketts has found a purchaser, and will soon go on the market, having been taken in hand by Pratt & Co., of Rochester. This is among the finest of the lot, the bunch being about nine inches long and very heavy. It is of the white section and was raised from one of the class of Labrusca; crossed with one of the riparia section, - Hartford Prolific with Clinton, if we are not mistaken, being its immediate parents.
This is said to be a white "child of the Concord" and is credited with great sweetness, earliness, and productiveness.
This is represented by the introducer to be superior to any other in productiveness and average size.
Mr. Samuel Miller, of Bluffton, Missouri, has published in the Rural World experiments the past season with forty kinds of strawberries. We notice that the Judge has scarcely one that he seems wholly satisfied with. James Vick comes the nearest to unqualified praise in a general way, and the old Ladies' Pine is yet the best for flavor.
This new variety exhibited at the June meeting of Southington Rose and Strawberry show on June 19th attracted attention. It is said, that a quart of the berries will weigh "more than a quart of any other kind." It is not a "chance" seedling, found by accident, and which may or may not be a kind already named and an escape from gardens, but the result of careful seed selection made by the Augurs of Middlefield, Conn.
This is said by the raiser to have berries often weighing one ounce, to be ten or twelve days earlier than Sharpless; produces twice the quantity of Sharpless on the same ground; and to "command 50 per cent, more in market than Wilson".
"F. W. B.," Muncy, writes: " Last year you published a note from Mr. Wm. Parry, which I understoood to have editorial endorsement, to the effect that this pear does not do on the quince stock. Is this really the editorial opinion?"
[It is our opinion that the Kieffer pear does not do as well as other kinds on the quince stock, and we endorse Mr. Parry's views that grafts taken from plants on quince are not to be recommended.-Ed. G. M].