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 gathered sixty-four boxes of Strawberries the past summer from three beds of vines, the beds being forty-five feet long and two feet wide, with an interval of two feet be tween the beds. The berries were large and fair (Walker's Seedlings) and would have readily commanded a sale at fifty cents a box, thus causing 540 square feet of land to yield a gross income of $32. The soil was rich garden loam only four inches deep over solid rock. The earth was wholly scraped from the rock in the intervals, and its place supplied with fresh tan. After the blossoming of the vines they were supplied with water from the pump very abundantly. During the late drouth they have not been watered at all, and yet, at this moment, alter the abundant rains of last week, they appear as well as any vines in this vicinity. The intervals between the rows have become covered with vines, and I am this day cutting and removing them. It is just two years since I set out the plants, 100 in number, of which thirty-three died.
I disregarded all authority in setting out vines in such shallow soil, and did it simply because I did not know in what other way to attempt to cover a barren spot in my garden. I have been successful, and give the fact for the benefit of those who may be similarly situated, and not as foundation for any generalizations. Jambs Ritchie. - Roxbury, Mass., September 12, 1854.