Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information - Royal Gardens, Kew

Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information - Royal Gardens, Kew

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...When they first mustered with their little circular short-handled home-made hoes I felt disposed to look with despair on the prospect of ever getting effective work done. I soon found, however, that they turned up the soil well, and when proper European implements were placed in their handa they proved to be as good native field labourers as any I had previously met with in other tropical countries. Of the seeds sown in the nurseries all the European vegetables did well, with one or two exceptions, and a plentiful supply was kept up, which I have no doubt was greatly conducive to the health of the Europeans at the station. Hampers of vegetables were also occasionally sent to other stations of the administration. The tree seeds also germinated well, and included species of Cupressus, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Catsia, Ficus, Grevillea, Citrus, Thuja, Cedrus, Carica (Papaw), &c.. The English potato tubers which I had brought with me were spoilt, I am sorry to say, in transit, owing to the extreme heat, but I am happy to state that the seeds of the potato I had with me turned out remarkably well. By constantly selecting and replanting the small' tubers obtained from this seed we at last arrived at several large wellformed mealy varieties, equal in flavour to any English potato. These are now being carefully propagated by Mr. McClonuie, the Forester temporarily in charge at the residency. This I look on as a most useful introduction, the potatoes showing no sign of disease, nod being, as it 'were, natives of the country, they are not so liable to degenerate in quality hereafter as the offspring of the English tubers would have been. During the short stay of Mr. Johnston's expedition at Zanzibar in June 1891, Captain Sclater and I visited Sir John Kirk's...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499530
  • 9781236499530