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.
"Every farmer has plenty of old tins - such as boilers, tin pails, tin pans, etc., - which can be put to most excellent use. I take a large pair of shears and cut the old tin into strips in the shape of a parallelogram - the shorter side equal to the circumference of the young trees; the longer the other side is the better. I then bend the tin so cut around the young tree near the root, and my word for it, no mice will excoriate the trees so treated."
Sorghum Bagasse, as a mulch, says a correspondent of the Country Gentleman, induces a disease in the leaves like small blisters. He says his experience covers two years, and he thinks bagasse should be used with caution about pear-trees. We confess we can see no good reason for this, and can hardly believe the acid of a fruit fermentation or change of bagasse to vegetable loam can be the cause. We wish this experimenter had tried mulching with other materials at the same time, and given the comparative values and results; meantime we give this record, and shall be pleased to hear from any of our subscribers who have tried bagasse as a mulch.
Chrysanthemums should be, from time to time, looked over and topped in to make them form bushy, rather than tall straggling plants. There is no plant which will give as much satisfaction late in autumn or early winter as the Chrysanthemum, and we must remember that in September we are to pot off a number of them for our indoor enjoyment.
Pinching in of currant and gooseberry bushes is equally as applicable as to the pear or grape. In our June number we noticed the requisites, and although many trees may, ere this, meet the reader's eye, be passed the growth for the most successful operations, there are others that will yet need attention. At the same time, gooseberries and currants can now be stopped in profitably.