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 not a little curious to see your correspondents come out right side up after all the pros and cons. Hovey's Magazine, for January, publishes the "Report of the Committee on Fruits of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, for 1858," and you may read on page 43 the following shocking paragraph; "guided by such light as is afforded by personal experience of tome duration, and from such information as can be gathered from some of the more intelligent sources, it is believed, that though instances of success can be found, that such must be REGARDED As EXCEPTIONAL, and that, taking the whole cultivation of the pear as it has been thus far generally pursued in this vicinity "(mark that) "in the aggregate, that it has not only been unattended with profit, BUT HAs ENTAILED A POSITIVE LOSS".
Causes are assigned and reasons adduced, but the fact is stated. Now, Mr. Editor, what was the use of ail the outcry we have had? Colonel Wilder must have been absent when the report was read. Oh! tempora, oh! More Ease.
Dear Sir: - "What shall we do with our empty greenhouses in summer?" is a question often asked me. I recommend grape-vines grown in pots. They will pay, and will fill an otherwise desolate house. A regular succession may be kept up at a very trifling expense. First obtain two or three-year-old vines from reliable parties, and also the same number of one and two-year-old vines for a succession; and also strike double the quantity from eyes. Those two and three years old will fruit the first year; the next will take their place the year following, and so on. keeping up the succession. In the fall the pots may be kept in a dry cellar; during winter, the one set of pots (or tubs) will do for fruiting, and the old plants may be thrown away every fall. In some cases, where the vines have not fruited very heavily, keep them over for next year. I merely hint at the subject now, to draw out others who have more time.
Yours truly, J. C. Ure.