The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 5: Gardens in Asia, America, Africa, Australia

Market gardens in America

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886. Market-gardens are not yet established in America on a large scale, but there are numerous small ones ; and in the neighbourhood of all the larger towns, as in the neighbourhood of Liverpool in England, the superfluous produce of private gardens is sent to market. 'Market-gardens,' says a writer in the Gardener's Magazine, 'are abundant in the neighbourhood of New York, and the markets are amply supplied with the choicest fruits and vegetables. Peaches are sold by the peck; and some of them, the Morrisina pound peach, weigh from ten to fifteen ounces. These fruits are all grown on standards, walls being very rarely used for ripening fruit in America.' (Gard. Mag., vol. iii. p. 347.)