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.
"R.," of Pennsylvania, says: "I have quite a lot of young Hybrid Perpetual Roses that were planted out in the open ground in July last, and, owing to the very dry summer, they have not made very much growth. They will not average more than 10 or 12 inches in height, by the time cold weather checks their growth. He fears they will not be strong enough to stand the winter, without protection, and asks the Editor the safest and cheapest mode to protect them. There being about 10,000 of them, the plan must not involve any great amount of labor, if avoidable. Please answer in October number".
[This did not come before the Editor till the 14th of September, and hence could not be noticed in the October number. We should plough, dig, or hoe out a gutter on one side of the plants, as late as possible to avoid freezing up, press each plant over towards the gutter in a slanting direction, and then plough or draw, in some way, the earth over them. In the spring, as early as possible, uncover and set the plants upright again. - Ed. G. M].