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.
ESTABLISHED BY A. J. DOWNING IN 1846.
A Monthly Magazine, devoted to the ORCHARD, VINEYARD, GARDEN, and NURSERY; to culture under glass, LANDSCAPE GARDENING, RURAL ARCHITECTURE, and the Improvement and Embellishment of City, Suburban, and Country Homes.
The new Fruits and Flowers, and all improvements in Rural Art, will be liberally illustrated.
As Junius said to the Duke of Grafton, "If I should happen inadvertently to say anything in praise of your Lordship, it would be imputed a slander upon my usually expressed opinions," or something of the sort, as I only quote from memory what I read some thirty years ago, and as I am not much in the habit of praising anybody or anything, I have only to say, in the classic style of Davy Crockett, alas, that he left not his fellow! "Go ahead." The discourses of its own pages are the best commentators on the merits of the Horticulturist.
W. Field. "We recommend you to apply to Hogg & Benton, engineers, 136 Crosby street, New-York. They devote their attention especially to heating green-houses and buildings in this way, and can ensure you the best and latest improvements.
Without it many kinds of vegetables can -not be had early, and of some kinds - sweet potatoes for instance - not at all. The mode of preparing a hot - bed has been so often described that it is unnecessary to enter into a full description here, and we may merely state that the making and management of a hotbed is not so extremely difficult but that careful attention to the rules laid down yearly in most of our agricultural and horticultural journals, brushed up with an ordinary degree of common sense, will insure success.
But we may have the garden properly prepared and laid off and the hot-bed ready, and still fail to raise good and early crops of vegetables, if we are not careful in the selection of
In looking forward for material to form hot-beds as the spring approaches, do not forget the great value of leaves. When possible so to do, have leaves used as litter in the stable, and the manure mingled with them, all saved in a pile by itself. The wetting of the leaves will soon create fermentation, but so gentle that unless the pile be tramped, we have never known it to burn. Leaves induce a more gentle, regular heat than almost any other material, and retain or continue it longer; besides, we have never had any undue dampness in our frames when a large proportion of our heating came from leaves.
This, although hardy, is an excellent plant for forcing. Its lively green foliage and charming white flowers make it extremely useful in all kinds of ways, and the demand for bouquet work, as well as for furnishing purposes, is very great. It is easily grown, and no establishment should be without it. - The Garden.