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.
A Constant Reader, (Portland.) The difficulty you complain of in your garden, arises from want of drainage. You must contrive to run one deep drain through it, at least-, so as to prevent the water standing in winter and spring. After doing that, trenching it will work wonders, but not without drainage. The brine-ashes you speak of, will be the best possible manure for it, and you may use them at the rate of 300 bushels to the acre, with great advantage.
The first national field trial of reapers, mowers, etc, by the United States Agricultural Society, will come off at Syracuse, New York, the present month, and is looked forward to with great interest by farmers and inventors., The exact date is not ascertained when we write, but July 6th to the 13th is named; the precise time was to be fixed as soon as it could be ascertained when the crops would be ready for the harvest. We since learn it is the 13th.
The Fifth Annual Fair of the United States Agricultural Society will be held at Louisville, Ky., during the fall, and will embrace "a national trial, in the field, of agricultural implements and machinery".
surrounded by long, narrow pointed leaves, on a slender stalk, about six inches in height. This is one of those pure and spotless things which remind us, that notwithstanding human imperfections, there is a being whose works are perfect.
As we descend from the rocky knoll, among the thick shrubs and in a damp soil, is found the wake robin. Its stalk is about one foot in in height, where it sends out three rhomboidal leaves, and is terminated above by one flower with three petals; these are either purple or white, with purple centres. Were it not for its unpleasant odor, this would be one of the favorite flowers of the woods.
June is a proper time to trim box-edgings, but early in July will still answer. Take advantage of the first moist weather that occurs after the middle of June; for if done in dry or parching weather, they are apt to turn foxy, and thus lose much of their beauty. Neat cutting, even at top and on both sides, and two or three inches high, and two broad, is sufficient. Higher than this and broader, they assume a clumsy appearance, and deprive the beds and borders of that apparent roundness so necessary to set them off to advantage. Clip again early in September, as before, in moist weather, and the plants will put on a fresh appearance before winter.
Early in this month it is desirable to cut in, a second time, hedges formed of Osage Orange or other deciduous plants. The cutting or shortening of the shoots serves to cause the remaining buds to break again and throw out side shoots, thickening up the hedge more than if left until next spring, when the cutting would only be a stimulus to the last or leading bud left.