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.
Your remarks in September number upon, "rewarding inventors," ought to give rise to some serious thoughts.
A man invents a machine, takes out a patent for it, sells it, and is rewarded according to its value. It is not so with improvements in Agriculture and Horticulture in every respect. The crops of the country are being ravaged by insects and vermin. How is this to be remedied? Some crops can scarcely be grown at all. Is there no remedy for this? We have a host of able writers on these subjects, and plenty of patent powders, yet the crops are injured to an alarming extent. Cabbages can be grown with great difficulty in New Jersey, and why should this be? The soil is excellent. I have been told that superior vegetable, the cauliflower, will not grow in the light soils of Jersey. But I know there are very few places where it will not grow to the highest state of perfection. I know one who has grown them in places sixty miles apart fin lersev) where he was told a cauliflower $500. These are the figures, and "figures are facts," and "facts are stubborn things" you know. He says, the one-half of that would pay me, so I will plant that ten-acre lot beyond. Even at five cents, that will be $250. Now what are the facts? I was amazed a few days ago, walking near a ten-acre lot of cabbage in the country. Seeing a drove of cows turned in upon it, I looked in to see how it had grown.
About one-half had only formed a bunch of leaves, a few had been cut. The balance had been eaten up by caterpillars. There was fine strong ground; it seemed to have had plenty of manure. Seed had been good, perfectly clean. Now who will give a final instruction lesson to the farmer, to enable him to grow a good crop of cabbages, cauliflowers or squashes, in all ordinary seasons? Trenton, N. J.