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.
It is believed in Germany that only a certain variety of Plum known as the Prune, is fit for drying. Mr. Isaac Collins of Haywards, California, finds in that climate, Coe's Golden Drop does just as well. Nineteen pounds of fruit gave nine pounds of dried fruit of delicious quality.
This is regarded in England as something wonderful, and astonishment is expressed that it is almost unknown in that country. And in America, it is very doubtful whether any better peach of its exact season has yet appeared amongst the hosts of new candidates of late years.
A tree of the Blenheim Pippin in England, produced the past season forty-two and a half bushels of apples. Does any one know what is the heaviest crop any American apple tree has been known to produce?
The sale of apples from Canada has been vastly increased by the advertising done by the grand exhibits and numerous awards at the great American Centennial in Philadelphia. The Dominion Government fully understands the value of these victories to the whole country, and intended to enter the lists again at the Exposition now opening at New Orleans but on second thought would not.
In place of the famous Reed bird, Philadelphia epicures now have the English Sparrow imposed on them. If ever a fraud is pardonable it is surely here. A good fat Sparrow is the equal of the Reed bird every time. The bird catchers think the Sparrow a great blessing, and shower benisons on the introducer's head. The Sparrow eats their fruit, and their seeds, and is a little troublesome as well as a little useful; but "Reed bird on toast" in the shape of a good fat Sparrow pays for all.
Mr. R. S. Peabody of Ger-mantown, places on our table some Quinces which have the unusual weight of one pound six ounces.
The tree is of the orange variety, but no one would know it. The fact is that the form of Quinces changes with the vigor of the plant, or other circumstances, and we fancy there are really but few real varieties among the great number named as distinct.
A correspondent from Bergen County, N. Y., suggests that the "Evergreen Blackberry from the Sandwich Islands," of which the Oregon people are talking, is more likely to be the cut-leaved variety of the Rubus fruticosus, the English Blackberry, and of course has nothing to do with the Sandwich Islands.