The New American Garderner: Containing Practical Directions on the Culture of Fruits and Vegetables : Including Landscape and Ornamental Gardening, Grape-vines, Silk, Strawberries, &c. &c

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Otis, Broaders, 1839 - 306 pages

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Page 1 - God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures; it is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which buildings and palaces are but gross handyworks...
Page 207 - Antidote to poisonous sorts: all fungi should be used with great caution, for even the edible garden mushrooms possess deleterious qualities when grown in certain places. All the edible species should be thoroughly masticated before taken into the stomach, as this greatly lessens the effects of poisons. When accidents of this sort happen, vomiting should be immediately excited, and then the vegetable acids should be given, either vinegar, lemon juice, or that of sour apples; after which give ether...
Page 78 - that more than one hundred men, during a siege, were kept alive for nearly two months, without any other sustenance than a little of this gum taken sometimes into the mouth, and suffered gradually to dissolve.
Page 229 - The ground is dug over in the usual way, and the spaces to be occupied by the future rows of peas are well soaked with water. The mould upon each side is then collected so as to form ridges seven or eight inches above the previous level of the ground, and these ridges are well watered. The seeds are now sown in single rows, along the tops of the ridges. The plants grow vigorously, owing to the depth of soil and abundant moisture. If dry weather at any time set in, water is applied profusely once...
Page 115 - November, the glasses being previously filled with pure water, so that the bottom of the bulb may just touch the water. Then place them for the first ten days in a dark room, to promote the shooting of the roots ; after which, expose them to the light and sun as much as possible. They will blossom without the aid of the sun ; but the colors of the flowers will be inferior.
Page 86 - If you wish to have cucumbers a month earlier than the natural ground will bring them, do this : Make a hole, and put into it a little hot dung ; let the hole be under a warm fence. Put six inches deep of fine rich earth on the dung. Sow a parcel of seeds in this earth ; and cover at night with a bit of carpet, or sail-cloth, having first fixed some hoops over this little bed. Before the plants show the rough leaf, plant two into a little flowerpot, and fill as many pots in this way as you please....
Page 86 - Before the plants show the rough leaf, plant two into a little flowerpot, and fill as many pots in this way as you please. Have a larger bed ready to put the pots into, and covered with earth, so that the pots may be plunged in the earth up to their tops. Cover this bed like the last. When the plants have got two rough leaves out, they will begin to make a shoot in the middle. Pinch that short off.
Page 235 - In the spring, when the blossoms are out, clear away the dirt so as to expose the root of the tree, to the depth of three inches; surround the tree with straw about three feet long, applied lengthwise, so that it may have a covering, one inch thick, which extends to the bottom of the hole, the...
Page 39 - Drills or furrows were then made with a light plough, at the distance of two and a half feet, and the beans thrown along the furrows about the 25th of May, by the hand, at the rate of at least a bushel on the acre. I then gauged a double mould-board...
Page 168 - ... finally removed. The shield and bud now swell in common with the other parts of the stock, and nothing more requires to be done till spring, when, just before the rising of the sap. they are to be headed down close to the bud, by an oblique cut, terminating about an eighth or quarter of an inch above the shield.

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