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.
Dear Sir: - On the 5th or 6th inst., Mr. Griswold, who resides a little over a mile from this city and who is an extensive grower of strawberries for our market, brought in a superb dish of Burr's New Pine as large and as well ripened and colored as we could wish them to be in the month of June. Mr. Griswold attributes this fine second crop partly to the cool, showery season we have had, and partly to extraordinary cultivation. Be that as it may you can put it on record that we have had Burr's New Pine strawberries at Rochester, of full size, and every way perfect in the month of October. Not a stray berry, but enough to be brought in by the quart.
Rochester, Oct. 8,1859.
Mr. Editor. - The Catawba Grape - The Rot. - Allow me to say a word with regard to the cause of the rot in the Catawba grape. I have read the article of "X. Y. Z." in your October number, and think that his theory will not hold good in all cases. I have a large vine of that variety of grape, growing on a rich, sandy-loam soil, well drained. My grapes do well until nearly the time of ripening, when they become affected and decay. I have examined them carefully, and find a small hole in the side of each grape that has been affected, - mostly where two grapes have come in contact. On further examining with a magnifying glass, I find a very small white worm, with a black head, and a brown ring below the head, in the grape, and which, I have no doubt, has been the cause of the fruit decaying. Part of the fruit on the same bunch will be of most excellent quality. I know of no better remedy than to put up plenty of boxes for the birds to build in, and encourage them to destroy the insects. New Brighton, Pa. Charles Coale.
P. S. I would say to persons having choice plum-trees, that get a half a crop of plums, - Be content, and do not put Cannel Coal Oil about them to kill the insects, or you, too, may kill your trees - as I did. A hint to the wise is sufficient. C. c.
(From the Genecsee Farmer and Sural New Yorker).