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.
Mr. Editor: - The fruit crop in this section was an entire failure the past year. We had no peaches, a very slight sprinkle of pears, and in place of about five thousand bushels of apples, which I ought to have had, I did not get fifty bushels; and they were very inferior.
This winter has been rather of an open character, although the thermometer has been four degrees below zero once. If it continues mild it will injure the fruit crop again.
In one of your late numbers, you inquire about the success of the sorghum in the West, in answer to which, I am happy to inform you, that it is a settled matter as regards its profitable-ness, yielding more than two hundred gallons to the acre, of very superior quality, selling readily at sixty cents per gallon, even when planted as late as July.
I have made well crystalized sugar, and have no doubt that sugar will be made in abundance before many years. T. V. Peticolas. Ml. Carmel, Ohio.
Mr. Editor: - I have a small octagon-shaped conservatory under my charge, heated by one of Hitching's boilers; the stage stands in the centre, being the same shape as the house, about eight feet high; the reservoir and pipes under the stage being nearly the height of the same, and all painted green; in the winter when the pipes are heated, the plants instead of thriving and looking healthy, - the camellias especially, - wither and drop their buds; at the same time I can perceive a smell as of heated iron. The reservoir is kept full of water; if you or any of your readers can suggest a reason, or remedy, from the statement made above, they will confer a favor on your obliged J. M.
New Haven, Conn.