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Grapes, by early and powerful forcing, some may be expected in May, and a general crop in June and July, and the late kinds in August.

Peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs and plums, in May, June and July; cherries in April, and early in May; strawberries in March, and a succession continued, according as they are introduced into the house.


Par. 43. After the forcing season is over; and the fruit gathered, the trees ought to be exposed to the open air as much as possible, by removing the whole of the moveable lights both above and below, to give them the benefit of the sun, air, rains, dews, &c., during the remainder of the summer and autumn, this will harden the young shoots, and tend greatly to strengthen the trees for the next forcing season.


Contains directions for growing Melons, with instructions how to raise early Strawberries; also many useful and ornamental plants in forcing houses.


Par. 44. In the last chapter I have laid down rules for the forcing all the leading varieties of tree fruits, with such illustrations and comments, which I think will render the practice easy to every one who has any pretensions to gardening, and which rules, if properly carried out, will be found to produce the most successful results. It is now my intention, in order to render this work as complete as possible, in

every thing relating to forcing fruits, to furnish directions for growing melons; likewise the most approved methods of forcing strawberries; to which will be added some useful remarks, for forcing ornamental plants, in the various departments of the forcing houses; with directions for raising many useful articles for culinary purposes.


Par. 45.-The melon plant, which is one of the most tender belonging to our kitchen garden, is an annual of slender trailing growth, and upon these long slender herbaceous vines, they produce fruit remarkable for its size and richness of flavour; indeed by many it is held in quite as great estimation as the pine; therefore an account of its culture will not be contrary to the spirit of this work, and more particularly as the melon cannot be brought to anything like perfection without the assistance of hotbeds; and by the directions which will be hereafter given, the fruit can be produced in perfection in May and

June, and supplies continued till October and November.

The plants are always raised from seed; those required for the early crop are sown in winter, and for the main crops in spring; the plants must be raised in a hotbed, which is generally done in a small one first, where they remain till two, three, or four inches high, when they will be of a proper age for transplanting into the large melon frames, where they are to remain for fruiting; but where there is a hothouse with a bark bed, or other sufficient heat to raise the plants in, if a small dung hotbed is not wanted early for other purposes, the seed may be sown therein, and be transplanted direct into the fruiting frames; but the general methods will be found more fully explained in the following paragraphs, under their proper heads.



Par. 46.-All the varieties of melons may considered exotics of very tender nature; of these, the Romana is one of the earliest and

most plentiful bearers, and is, although small, a very good fruit. The cantaleupe melons are highly esteemed, the flavour being very superior, and greatly prized by those fond of this fruit for their extreme richness; they grow large, of a roundish form, and deeply ribbed; and although they do not bear so plentifully as some, they are generally preferred for the principal crops for private use; the green flesh, the smooth green rind, and the common ribbed, are also very fine, and the above may be considered equal, if not superior, to the other varieties for general culture; yet, as others have their admirers, I will give a list of names of those usually cultivated:

Cantaleupe Melon

Rock Cantaleupe Melon
Silver Cantaleupe Melon
Black Rock Cantaleupe Melon
Orange Cantaleupe Melon

Early Romana Melon

Green-fleshed Melon
Green Smooth Melon
Oblong Ribbed Melon
Netted Plain Melon
Netted Ribbed Melon

Large White Melon.

The fruit of the different varieties of melons

varies greatly both in size and appearance, being

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