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.
If well rotted manure is spaded in on good soil it is all that is necessary; but if there is no objection to the expense, the method given on page 34 by the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher can hardly be improved, though better success might be expected for a Rev.
Two-year-old plants if well grown are a good size to transplant. It does not depend so much on the size of the plant as the care in handling and planting. The roots should not be allowed to get dry, and in planting the soil should be well packed round the roots.
The best time to transplant roses is, as soon as the ground is in condition, which is here about the middle of April. Most shrubs can be transplanted until the buds have fairly burst open, but I have never seen late planted roses a success, except when taken from pots. Buffalo, N. Y.