Transactions of the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry

9781130357639: Transactions of the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 Excerpt: good condition, were picked from vines of the last named variety as late as the twentieth of July, and it is certainly a most valuable acquisition if its hardiness can be established. All of the other summer fruits were inferior, if we may except currants, which hung on the bushes late in August, sweet and juicy. Some of the autumn varieties of pears were of superior size and beauty, such as ihe Dayenne Boussack, the Belle Lucrative, the Swan's Orange, the Sheldon and the Figue; but nearly all varieties of this favorite fruit were deficient in their peculiar characteristic flavor. Apples, throughout the year, ripened prematurely, dropped from the tree-,--or when carefully picked, soon decayed. While the pomologist has failed to receive a large reward for his industry, during the past year, and the orchardist to witness that vigor of growth which he has been accustomed to see, we can but notice the increased attention paid to the cultivation of fruit, and, more especially, to the setting out of apple and pear trees throughout our State. And perhaps a few suggestions might be useful to those who are engaging in this most worthy enterprise. A deep, gravelly, fertile, soil, bordering on a high rise of land, sloping towards the south and west, is regarded as the best location lor an orchard; for, on elevated ground, the temperature is milder and more uniform than in the valley. Protection from the bleak winds which blow from the north and west is essential; and no tree affords a belter screen, is cheaper, grows more rapidly or is more ornamental than the Norway spruce. No more trees should be planted than can be well taken care of; for success in raising a young orchard depends entirely upon the care in which the trees are planted and the attention they recei...

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