House -Top Gardens

Chicago has always been a little envious of the hanging gardens described in Babylon of old, and is now practicing on growing trees in the air. A large building, divided into "flats" for housekeeping, has been put up on the north side of the city. Its roof, which is very strongly built and excellently drained, is covered with earth and decked with some forty or fifty trees, which are growing luxuriantly. It is a garden on a house-top. Noboby not living in the house can go to it.

From The Sublime To The Ridiculous

An illiterate fruit stand keeper on Broadway labels his Beurre D'Anjou pears Dan Jo. This is as bad as in England, where the pear Josephine de Malines is called Joseph on the Palings. And the French give a' special twist to L'Abstone Quidney potatoes, while the English are satisfied with Lapstone Kidney.

House Plants (2)

Roses, geraniums, etc., kept in living rooms where the temperature is variable, and where often it is quite dry, are perhaps most affected in their roots, which become too dry or too wet, either of which is extremely injurious. As a preventive cheap and effective, procure pots, say two inches larger than those in which your plants are growing, made with a recurved rim, one and a half inches high, surrounding the hole for drainage at bottom (see figure); into this set your plant pot, its drainage point resting over the raised rim; then fill all around with finely pulverized charcoal or clean sand, which you can always keep moist, and thus prevent the changes from wet to dry, otherwise almost unavoidable in pots of plants kept in warm rooms.

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Houstonia Cerulea, (Venus Pride, Innocence, Bluett, Forget-Me-Not.)

As we emerge into the open field, we still find our path strewed with flowers. This humble and modest little plant, is too well known to need any description; yet abundant as it is, who can tread roughly on the turf which it makes like a soft enameled carpet.

How Crops Grow

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How Io Cook Mushrooms

Peel off the skin on the upper part; wipe them with a soft towel; rub the whole surface with softened butter; sprinkle some flour, pepper, and salt, over them; lay on a tin plate, and broil before the fire, or in the oven, until they are quite soft Another way is to stew with a small quantity of milk, using butter, pepper, and salt, to taste. The great fault in cooking, generally, is not exposing them to the beat long enough, which makes them insipid, if not unwholesome.