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.
Large quantities of coarse manure are obtained from the city by railroad, which is dropped from the railroad cars about half a mile from the farm. The manure costs, delivered at the station, over $1.50 per tub, equal to about eight bushels, which swells the expense to some five or six dollars per cord for coarse manure. Tillers of the soil understand the great value of manure so well that they feel warranted in paying the enormous prices alluded to. Yet, much of this high-priced fertilizer is not half so valuable as the tons upon tons, which a great many farmers, remote from large cities, allow to waste away every season. Flowers, as well as garden vegetables and field crops, need the stimulating influences of rich manure; and horticulturists and floriculturists have learned, that no fertilizer is preferable to good composted stable manure for flowers, vegetables, or for fruit trees. The flower plats are thoroughly enriched with some sorts of fertilizing material. Mr. Allen esteems red clover as a fertilizer of the first quality for all sorts of flowers.