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Page 13 - To mount on reeds, and wands, and, upward led, On ashen poles to raise their forky head. On these new crutches let them learn to walk, Till, swerving upwards with a stronger stalk, They brave the winds, and, clinging to their guide, On tops of elms at length triumphant ride.
Page 23 - ... and an aggregate of 10,000° of heat. They are not found in the State of New York, except in the southeast extremity, lower valley of the Hudson, and near some of the minor lakes, but appear on the southern border of Lake Erie, in northern Indiana and northern Illinois.
Page 2 - ... those of the Atlantic States. This fact is significant of the remarkable adaptation of its climate and soil to the culture of the grape, and indicates that California will become the greatest wine country of the world. Mr. Hittel, in summing up its superiority...
Page 13 - And press the plants with shards of potters' clay. This fence against immoderate rain they found, Or when the dog-star cleaves the thirsty ground. Be mindful, when thou hast entombed the shoot ; With store of earth around to feed the root ; With iron teeth of rakes and prongs, to move The crusted earth, and loosen it above. Then exercise thy sturdy steers to plough Betwixt thy vines, and teach the feeble row To mount on reeds, and wands, and, upward led, On ashen poles to raise their forky head.
Page 2 - ... growth ; for the vine grows lustily in many places where its fruit never ripens. To produce drinkable wine, a vineyard must have not only a summer and an autumn sufficiently hot ; it is indispensable in addition that at a given period, that namely which follows the appearance of the seeds, there be a month, the mean temperature of which does not fall below 19° cent, or about 66^° Fahr., a fact of which conviction may be obtained from the following table which I borrow from M. de Humbcldt :...
Page 2 - Boussiugault, to whom we are indebted for much of the data on the meteorological conditions necessary to the production of wine of the best quality, has expressed his conclusions in the following terms : "That in addition toa summer and an autumn sufficiently hot, it is indispensable that at a given period — that which follows the appearance of the seeds — there should be a month the mean temperature of which does uot fall oelow 66.2° Fahrenheit.