Geological Report of the Country Along the Line of the Southwestern Branch of the Pacific Railroad, State of Missouri

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George Knapp & Company, 1859 - Agriculture - 93 pages
 

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Page 15 - Native Grapes.—The growth and fruit of our native vines give us most important indications of the adaptation of our soil and climate to the cultivation of the grape. The following species have been observed, and the growth, habits, and fruit of each variety, have been carefully examined. 1. VITIS LABRUSCA, Linn. Fox
Page 16 - is most abundant in the southern part of the State. It grows very large and produces abundantly. Its fruit is very much esteemed. The cultivated Scuppernong Grape is a variety from this species. 6. VITIS BIPINNATA, Michx. This plant was observed in Cape Girardeau and Pemiscot counties. 7. VITIS INDIVISA,
Page 23 - who have so faithfully devoted their labor and their money to promote this important department of husbandry in our midst; for the time is not far distant when the " poor flint ridges " and terraced slopes of Southern Missouri will be as valuable for vineyards as some of them are now for their rich mineral deposits;
Page 18 - per acre ; Total expense for each year $70 to $90 per acre; so that an income of $100 per annum for each acre is sufficient to pay the interest on the first cost and the expense of cultivation.
Page 16 - (D. C.) of California. The vines are so abundant and so large as to form an important and conspicuous part in every copse and thicket throughout the entire State. They are everywhere present, lending grac'e and beauty to every landscape, and indicating with prophetic certainty that the day is not far distant when the purple vineyards will cover our hills,
Page 21 - would give place to sobriety; and our people, nourished by the grape and its pure wines, would become as robust and hardy as they are now daring and indomitable. Natural Terraces.—The bluffs of the numerous streams in Southern Missouri
Page 23 - when the vineyards of Pulaski and La Clede will compete in golden profits with the hemp farms of Lafayette and Platte; and the vine-clad hills of the beautiful Meramec and the Gasconade will vie in wealth with the leaden veins of Potosi and Granby.
Page 22 - And, besides, the thinnest soils on these terraces sustain a vigorous growth of prairie grasses, flowers, shrubs and vines, which produce the finest quality of grapes in great profusion.
Page 12 - many localities in Southern Europe, the soil is such as to prevent the full success of the vine, though the climate is all that could be desired. Soil.—According to Virgil* and the best authors who have followed him, the soil should be warm, light, dry, and rich in alkalies and alkaline earths, especially potash, soda, lime and magnesia. The best vines have been
Page iv - power to survey, mark, locate and construct a railroad from the city of St. Louis to the city of Jefferson ; and thence to some point on the western line of Van Buren

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