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.
All practical growers concede that better blooms, and more of them, together with stronger growth, can be had from roses grown on manetti roots, than when upon their own. But amateur growers, and those who give little special attention daily to the rose, often lose the entire plant by reason of a sucker from the manetti taking the strength from the bud, or really valuable plant, and such persons should always order their roses only on their own roots. Gardeners, however, and the careful rose-grower, should always have their plants worked on manetti.
According to observations made in Germany, the average of ozone is nearly double on snowy days, and is considerably greater on rainy days than it is on clear days. Fog is unfavorable to its production, but a driving snow storm greatly promotes. Cold winds bring more than hot winds. As a dis-infectant, no fluid acts more positively in decomposing and dispersing offensive substances. D. Fox quotes Schoenbein as saying that "air containing one three million and forty thousandth of ozone, is capable of disinfecting its own volume of air filled with the effluvia evolved in one minute from 4 oz. of highly putrid flesh.
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To let the crape-vine grow entirely its own way, will give us the poorest specimens of grapes. The habit of the vine seems to correspond to all other plants, when wild, i. e., to set more fruit than it is capable of maturing well. Dr. Underbill cuts back half the branches and thins out half of the bunches of fruit.
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A farmer in the eastern part of Connecticut, last fall, packed some apples in plaster, filling up all the interstices with this material. Opening the barrels, on the 14th of June, he found the fruit in a wonderful state of preservation. There was not an eighth as many decayed one9 as in barrels put up in the ordinary way, while the fruit was almost as fresh as when gathered.