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.
2,010,000 bushels was the crop of the United States for 1883, of which Virginia furnished nearly half. They bring the raiser about $1.75 per bushel.
When traveling through France the writer noticed whole orchards of cherries which were protected against "birds by having fish nets drawn around them. Near large cities in our own country, where it is often difficult to keep cherries from robins and blackbirds, this may be found cheaper than any other mode of protection.
This is the subject of a colored plate in the French magazine, Revue Hor-ticole, which says it is there a variety among early Peaches which has all the leading merits of a first-class market fruit. Its small size is its only defect, but this is compensated in part by the beauty of the fruit, and its great productiveness. It is not stated that it is an American variety.
Once in a while some one calls our attention to a bean occasionally grown in gardens, bearing a slender round pod often two feet long, and looking more like a piece of rope than a bean as usually seen. This is known in France as the "Asparagus Bean," and is botanic-ally Dolichos sesqui-pedalis.
This is from Connecticut and its full merits discovered in Vineland, New Jersey. It resembles no known variety, but whether a sport or a seedling is not known. It is regarded as one of the best of quinces.
There is some agreement among Kansas orchidists that this variety does not transplant as easily as some others. That is to say, it succumbs more readily to bad treatment.
A correspondent of the London Garden, raised thirteen tons to the acre last year. It was in the North of England.
"S. A.," St. Joseph. Mich., inquires: "Can any one give any information through the columns of the Gardeners' Monthly in regard to the grape rot? Is there any remedy? Has it ever been known to leave a vineyard after it had been attacked, or does it come to stay, like the yellows in the peach? These are questions that all vineyardists in the West are very much interested in at the present time".
The Encyclo-paedia Britannica tells us that the fruit of the Nettle tree is "largely eaten in the United States." If it had added, "by crows and other birds," it would have been correct. But we have no knowledge that it is eaten by human kind in the sense intended by the Encyclopcedia. Does any reader? Of course it is sweet, as its name Sugar Berry suggests, and there is no harm in eating them if one want to - but we believe the want is by no means general.