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.
Owing to the backwardness of the spring, kitchen garden crops will be later than usual in many parts of the country; the first sowing, both in frames and in the open ground, were lost through sudden changes and protracted periods of severely cold weather in March and April. In this part of the country we had no good growing weather till about the 5th or 6th of May. Much may be done to make up for this, by selecting such varieties of vegetables as come most quickly to maturity, and by encouraging their growth with extra care and cultivation, a constant use of the hoe, and frequent application of liquid manure, should the weather be dry. It should be borne in mind that a constant supply of vegetables, of the best quality, cannot be kept up without good management in regard to successive sowings. This is especially the case with Radishes, Peas, and String Beans, which are only fit for use in a young state, and for a short time. Lettuce is another thing of which a continual supply of young plants should be kept up by every one who wishes a good salad for the table every day. Too little attention is given to the culture of vegetables for soup. Our American housewives give too much attention to cake and confectionery, and far too little to soups.
No dinner table in this country should be without its soup. The kitchen garden should send into the cook a regular daily supply of small Carrots, Turnips, Leeks or Onions, Parsley, with a little of such flavoring herbs as Thyme, Sweet Marjoram, Summer Savory, Mint, dec. We wish that some of those good ladies who are devoting their time to public affairs, would turn their attention towards revolutionizing our system of cookery. The preparation of food is a science, if women would so regard it; few of them, however, give it the least attention. They can boil or bake a Potatoe, roast a joint of meat, and make two or three sorts of pies or puddings; and there is an end of it Our miserable system of cookery is a cause leading to a rapid deterioration of the race.