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.
I am anxious to try the cultivation of the Peach under glass in houses similar to the orchard house of Mr. Rivers. Mr. R. suggested the idea in the Horticulturist in August, 1854. You made no remark thereon. Will you kindly inform me if you have had any practical experience upon the subject? If not, will you favor me with your opinion of the project - whether or not you would plant Grape vines, say to every second or third rafter, to act as a partial shade to the Peach trees? Would you recommend the planting in a well prepared border, or in boxes? Would a lean-to, or a span roof be most desirable ? I have thought the Stanviek Nectarine, and some late Peaches, would ripen in such a structure, and bring a good price in market My object in growing them would be for that purpose. You are undoubtedly aware the Peach seldom ripens in our location; consequently good Peaches are a rare commodity in our city.
Will you also stale the price of trees adapted for such a purpose, when they would come into bearing, with any other suggestions you may choose to offer. Daniel Barker. - Utica, N. Y.
We have had no experience with such houses as those of Mr. Rivers. For growing Peaches under glass in this country, in a cheap way, we would make a wall like a tight board fence, say ten feet high, with a good border at its bottom, for the trees. In front of this wall we would fix sashes, as for a cold vinery. A few Grapes might be advantageously grown on the roof, but not so many as to obstruct the light to an injurious degree. Yearling trees, such as are sold at the nurseries for twenty-five cents each, are suitable for wall training. You will find some remarks on this subject in the "Fruit Garden,"
I am anxious to learn further particulars from Mr Fearman, of Hamilton, Canada West, concerning that new Grape that is mentioned in the Horticulurist for November. If It is hardy enough to stand the climate at Canada West, and is to be compared to the Sweettwater, let as have them passed round in a hurry; the quicker the better 1 I hope Mr. F. will favor us with a particular account of the vine, how trained, exposed, Ac, &c.
That Read's Anglo American Apple, that ought to be big to sustain such a tall name, and that is to make such a stir among that usually quiet class known as "Fruit-growers," when it is brought out, I have a curiosity to know further of. Wouldn't it be a good notion for Mr. W. H. R. to send a few to you, and so let us have your opinion too. Two heads are said to be better than one, and as one naturally has a partiality for his own productions, it might be as well to have the opinion of a stranger who is also an adept.
Are you acquainted with the Delaware Grape? I believe it is an Ohio seedling, from Delaware County. What are its merits and demerits, if you are acquainted? Hopeful Reader. - Randolph, (Mass).
We have hoped to get further information respecting the Hamilton Grape, but have not succeeded. We have described the Delaware or given some account of it in a previous volume. It is not claimed as a native of Ohio, but has been traced to New Jersey, we believe.