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.
The following may be useful and is, I believe, not generally known. Take three pints of linseed oil well boiled and mix in it one ounce of soft soap. This may be brushed over calico when stretched on a frame. It will resist moisture for a length of time, and is very durable. Pits covered thus admit plenty of light, although I think the tint of it is not good for growing plants, being rather yellow. It is useful in many ways, however, has little smell that is disagreeable, and is besides, cheap. - D. K.
There is nothing new in striking cuttings in sand and water, as mentioned in the May " Gossip;" except adapting it to the purpose in windows and parlors, it is precisely what gardeners do in green houses constantly, even with rose cuttings. After success depends greatly on getting them out of the pure sand as soon as well struck. If struck in a pot, well drained, filled up rather better than one half with sandy soil and covered with a pane of glass, such plants might remain in the pots until planting out time, or be turned out into a simple frame.
Eggs sent to any distance for hatching should be packed thus. Wrap each egg in several folds of newspaper, and then place a thick layer of cotton and straw cut to the length of the box, both under and over the eggs, filling up every interstice with pledgets of cotton. Egg boxes should have their tops screwed down, the jar of the hammer in nailing destroying the vitality of the egg.