By Francis Parkman
J. E. Tilton And Company.
Edward Sprague Rand, Jr.,
Whose Energy And Skill
"A Wilderness To Blossom As The Rose," This Book
Is Cordially Inscribed.
Yet roses may be grown to
perfection in any soil, if the needful pains are taken.
We will suppose an extreme case: The grower wishes to
plant a bed of roses on a spot where the soil is very
poor and sandy. Let him mark out his bed, dig the soil
to the depth of eighteen inches? throw out the worst
portion of it, and substitute in its place a quantity of
strong, heavy loam: rotted sods, if they can be had,
will be an excellent addition; and so, also, will
decayed leaves. Then add a liberal dressing of old
stable manure: that taken from a last year's hot-bod
will do admirably. It is scarcely possible to enrich too
highly. One-fourth manure to three-fourths soil is not
an excessive proportion. Now incorporate the whole
thoroughly with a spade, level the top, and your bed is
will suppose a case, equally bad, but of the opposite
character. Here the soil is very wet, cold, and heavy.
The first step is to drain it. This may be done
thoroughly with tiles, after the approved methods; or,
if this is too troublesome or expensive, simpler means
may be used, which will, in most situations, prove