We trust that this will be the last occasion on which we shall have to refer to the state of the Potato Crop. The season is now so far advanced as to justify us in believing that the danger is over, and that the principal part of the European harvest of this root is safe; and thus are again confirmed the opinions which we have this season ventured to express, that symptoms were more favourable, and that the malady had lost its virulence.
It is the same on the Continent. Our Paris letter of last week will have removed all doubts as to the French crop. Potatoes at 1s. 6d. a bushel while the 4lb loaf is 10d. indicate an enormous supply of the former, and a confidence that the supply will not diminish. We have similar information from Holland; and affairs appear to be equally satisfactory in Belgium. Our intelligent correspondent, M. de Jonghe, authorises us to announce that there is nothing in the Belgian Potato crop which can lead to a suspicion that it has been attacked by the disease of previous years. “In light land or heavy clay, marl, or bog (the Polders), the crops are universally safe, and promise twice as large a return as in common years.”
A striking example of the difference in the present and two previous seasons is furnished by this gentleman. A piece of land, 20 feet square, produced only 41 kilos of early Potatoes in 1845, and 44-1/2 in 1846. In 1847 the same quantity of land has yielded under the same circumstances of soil &c., 286 kilos of excellent Potatoes, taken up July 28 and August 12. The price of Potatoes last May in the market of Brussels was 22 francs for 100 kilos; Friday last they were only worth 6 francs 50 cents for the finest quality. M. de Jonghe promises some further statistical information, which we shall take care to lay before our readers. –Gardener’s Chronicle.