from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In horticulture, a small box, usually of wood, with a sliding pane of glass, used for setting over individual plants or hills of plants in order to force them ahead of their season or to protect them. L. H. Bailey. See forcing-hill.
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I had intended to have written, this week about "Loggosh" -- including that mysterious canvass hand-box which contains all that a foreigner cares to carry about with him by day, and often pillows him when travelling by night; but the very mention of luggage brings me back to the Porter.
The only article that seemed out of place was a hand-box on a chair near the door.
A coldframe is nothing more than an enlarged hand-box; that is, instead of protecting but a single plant or a single hill with a single pane of glass, the frame is covered with sash, and is large enough to accommodate many plants.
Hamamelis Virginiana handling the laud handling the plants hand-box hand tools hand-weeders hanging baskets harebells harrows hazels
An excellent type of forcing-hill is made by the use of the hand-box, as shown in Fig. 192.
His helpmate brought to him an old hand-box for nails and small tools, which had once done service in the _Bounty_.