This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
A correspondent writes us from Cleveland, O., giving an account of the ripening of peaches on the 23d May, in the fruit-house of W. J. Gordon, Esq. Mr. Gordon is, and has been, absent traveling in Europe the last year, but his gardener, Mr. Harding, is perhaps one of the most skillful and experienced in the United States, and it is to his knowledge that, so far as we know, the first crop of orchard-house peaches ripe in May, have been grown in any of our Western cities.
Grapevines which have been permitted to set all their fruit freely and to grow without care, may be now gone over, and the error of neglect in a measure remedied. If three bunches have got on a cane, pinch that cane back to three or four leaves from the last bunch; then act your good common-sense judgment as to which of the three bunches promises the least results, and with your vine scissors cut it away. Stop the laterals now, except upon the canes you design for next year's fruiting, by pinching them off as far back as can be done by the nails of your thumb and finger meeting; don't break and tear them away, or use a knife, but the tender, immature wood which your thumb and finger will remove by pinching will prove a benefit to the vine, while cutting and slashing will create injury. If you want really nice bunches, and even, well-matured fruit for your own table or market, we believe you will gain even on a large scale by now thinning out the small and surplus berries on each bunch by means of vine scissors.
In small grounds there is no doubt of the value of this practice for the table, and we incline to a belief that the same practice will pay in market by the extra price obtained for the grapes.
Glass tinted green, for hot or green houses in summer, we should like to hear if it has ever been used in this country, and what were the results. We have so many rainy days, so many days of cold, raw winds, that we favor of more in-door gardening, summer and winter, than has heretofore been practiced, and incline to the belief that an extra sash tinted green will supply a better shade, and yet give sufficient light, than the usual course of awnings.