This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V29", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Cham-bersburg, the borough which adjoins Trenton, voted at the late election in favor of a public park. but the project threatens to fall through, because only seven of the eleven borough councilmen favor it. A two-thirds vote of Council is required to purchase the site.
Mr. John Cook sends some fine flowers of this new pink violet, to show how very distinct and good it is in comparison with the ordinary blue Neapolitan, - a proposition we can fully endorse.
Mr. Gill, florist, of Oakland, near San Francisco, has a fine collection of Camellias. The house in which they are grown is already 16 feet high, but he has raised the roof in order to give them more room to grow.
Messrs. Scribner & Viala describe in a French publication, a new fungus allied to the Black rot, which is described as Greeneria fuliginea. It was found on vines in North Carolina. It developes chiefly on the fruit, rose colored on the black grape, and browner on the red kinds, and extends rapidly in concentric zones, sometimes covering the whole berry.
A New Bedford, Mass., correspondent inquires whether the Muscat of Alexandria will do well in Florida. We believe no grape of the European race does well there, - nor does the grape in general do anything remarkable there, so far as we know.
We do not know who has the largest apple orchard in the United States, but if there are any larger than the Fairmount orchard, near Leavenworth, Kansas, we should like to know. This has 50,000 trees and covers 437 acres.
R. B., Cave Hill, Ky., inquires, and perhaps Robert Douglas or others familiar with that region can tell: " Will you please do me the favor and state in your magazine at what price forest land is sold an acre in and around the Rocky Mountains in the States of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, etc".
Another trouble now worries the minds of those who are investigating the relations between forests and rainfall. Mr. Fantiat, a French Meteorologist, has shown that trees prevent the rain getting to the roots of trees. So much as one-half an ordinary rainfall - so he says - rests on the leaves of an oak forest, only to be carried off by evaporation when the rain is over.
Up to November 15th, there had been no rain for ninety-six days. Yet, by their admirable system of irrigation, the people would care little if it never rained. Melting snow from the mountains gives them all the water they require.