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.
It is well always to suit the work to the weather. Few can endure to work out in rain or snow, and, if thought be given, there can always be found plenty to do inside, when it is unpleasant or stormy out of doors work also that will save many an hour when the hurry and drive of spring comes; preparing label sticks and stakes, mending lights, making boxes for melons, etc., cleaning crocks, painting tools, and a thousand other things, which, if done, will often help a man to drive his work, instead of the work driving him.
The balustrades for a stair-case in the House of Representatives, at Washington, made by Archer and Warner, of Philadelphia, have been on exhibition in Philadelphia, and we are free to say, the whole effect exceeds that of any casting we have seen. The natural productions of oar country are all displayed with extraordinary exactitude, and will be admired as long as good taste exists. We congratulate the country that it has artists capable of producing such grand and magnificent results.
We are glad to learn that Messrs. Lippincott A Co., of Phila-delphia, are about to issue the Entomological Writings of Thaddeus William Harris, edited by William Sharswood. The volume will conform, in style and appearance, to Dr. Harris's " Treatise on the Insects of New England Injurious to Vegetation," now being reprinted. The writings of this eminent entomologist ought to find their way into the library not only of every scholar, but every horticulturist; for the latter it will have a peculiar value.
We have often heard ladies, and even professional gardeners, complaining of the abundance of various species of worms inhabiting flower pots, thereby injuring the growth of plants growing therein, If a little lime is dissolved in the water applied to the soil, nearly every species of worms that is found in such position will be killed, and the plants not injured. Tobacco will also destroy most kind of worms; but lime is preferable, because it aids in dissolving the plant food in the soil, thereby stimulating growth. Watering the plants with lime water once a week, will be sufficient to kill the worms in the soil, and stimulate growth Ex. Soil and the W. W. Pearmain.
In reply to a query about a remedy for white worms in plant pots, a correspondent of the New England Farmer says that lime water will kill them, or a little slaked lime sprinkled on the surface of the earth, and in the saucer of the pot. Lime water can be made easily by slaking a large piece of lime in a pail of cold water, letting it settle, and then bottling for use. Give each pot a tablespoonful twice a week.
To avoid having worms in pots, the amateur has only to first bake the soil in an oven or over a hot fire, then, rub it fine, water it, and put in the plant. The process of baking kills all worms or eggs which might develop. For pots which already contain white worms, use either lime water or a weak solution of carbolic acid and water.