Fruit culture for the million: A hand-book of fruit culture : being a guide to the cultivation and management of fruit trees ; with condensed descriptions of many of the best and most popular varieties in the United States. Illustrated with ninety engravings. With an appendix

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Fowler and Wells, 1857 - Gardening - 163 pages
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Page 9 - The individual who causes two blades of grass to grow where but one grew before, is held in highest emulation as a benefactor of his race.
Page 134 - Ripe, blushing strawberries eaten from the plant, or served with sugar and cream, are certainly Arcadian dainties with a true paradisiacal flavor, and, fortunately, they are so easily grown that. the poorest owner of a few feet of ground may have them in abundance.
Page 10 - Salisbury has clearly demonstrated that the apple is superior to the potato, in the principles that go to increase the muscle and the brain of man, and in fattening properties it is nearly equal, when cooked, for swine, or fed raw to other domestic animals.
Page 140 - Fig. 84."Early in April, or in August, being provided with a good stock of strong, young plants, select a suitable piece of good, deep soil. Dig in a heavy coat of stable manure, pulverizing well and raking the top soil. Strike out the rows three feet apart with a line. The plants should now be planted along each line about a foot apart in the row. They will soon send out runners, and these runners should be allowed to take possession of every alternate strip of three feet, the other...
Page 140 - The runners from the old strip will now speedily cover the new space allotted to them, and will perhaps require a partial thinning out to have them evenly distributed. As soon as this. is the case, say about the middle of August, dig under the whole of the old plants with a light coat of manure. The surface may be then sown with turnips or spinage, which will come off before the next season of fruits. In this way the strips or beds, occupied by the plants, are reversed every season, and the same...
Page 159 - ... as wanted. Or this: cover the table in the fruit-room with fine, dry moss, and on this lay the bunches which have been carefully picked and cleaned of all bad berries, wiping the sound ones with a delicate piece of flannel; leave the bunches on the moss three days, each bunch by itself, which prevents the grapes from being injured by the pressure of their own weight; for want of moss, use cotton. Prepare hoops of proper strength, some three feet in diameter, with strings to suspend them, and...
Page 159 - Undried grapes may be preserved a long time by placing them in large jars, filling up the jars with sawdust, and then cementing the lids so as entirely to exclude the air. The following methods of keeping grapes in good condition long after they have ripened are convenient, and are said to be very successful. " Cut off the grapes, with a joint or two, or more, of wood below each bunch ; make a clean cut, and apply sealing-wax, as hot as can be used, to it, and seal the wood closely, so that no air...
Page 140 - They will soon send out runners, and these runners should be allowed to take possession of every alternate strip of three feet— the other strip being kept bare by continually destroying all -runners upon it, the whole patch being kept free of all weeds. The occupied strip or bed of runners will now give a heavy crop of strawberries, and the open strip of three feet will serve as an alley from which to gather the fruit. After the crop is over, dig and pro pare this alley or strip for the occupancy...
Page 74 - They are perfectly hardy, always thrifty and productive, and I have not found them liable to blight, or injury by insects. It will be many years before our citizens generally will be able to procure this fine fruit, as our large hotels and saloons will contract at nigh prices for all that can be sent to market.

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