The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 4: Utensils (Pots, Cases, Cans, Fumigators)

McIntosh orange box

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1841. Mc Intosh's orange-box (fig. 464.) differs from that described above, in being tapered a little, which gives it a lighter appearance than those that are made square; it has also all its sides movable. Two of them are attached to the bottom of the box by hinges, and are kept in their places by iron bars hooked at each end, which slip into hasps fixed to the sides. The other sides (a) are also movable, and lift out at pleasure. These boxes afford still greater facilities than the French orange-boxes for the gardener to take them to pieces, without disturbing the trees, whenever he wishes to examine or prune their roots, to see whether they are in a proper state as regards moisture, or to remove the old, and put in fresh mould. The inside of these boxes can also be painted, or covered with pitch, as often as may be judged necessary; which will, of course, make them much more durable; and the trees may be removed from one box to another with the greatest possible facility. (Gard. Mag., vol. i. p. 140.)