Thomas Rivers The Miniature Fruit Garden

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The Miniature Fruit Garden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... glass fruit ridges, in small confined gardens, to be careful as to ventilation. A single row of bricks, with apertures of four inches, will not be enough; there should be two rows of bricks, one over the other, and consequently two rows of apertures. Peach, nectarine, and apricot trees should be planted twenty-one feet apart; but they grow rapidly, and would probably require occasional removing. It will thus be seen that to commence glass fruit ridge culture, three seven-feet lengths should be prepared, and in the centre of the twenty-one feet occupied by the ridge, two peach or nectarine trees may be planted. They will soon form lateral cordons of great fertility, will require pinching weekly, and give constant employment to the amateur. I must not omit to state the great advantage this mode of fruit" culture gives as to protection from spring frosts when the trees are in bloom, or when the fruit is young. Espaliers, pyramids and wall trees are difficult to protect, but mats two or three thick can be piled on the ridge with great facility, and loose straw or hay, the best protectors possible from frost, can be strewed over them thickly. I had, in the season of 1870, the pleasure of seeing all my anticipations fully realised; the cordon pear-trees have produced fruit large and with the fine clear rinds we see on those grown in the warm parts of France--perfectly beautiful and of fine flavour. The cordon peach-trees have produced fruit large and of the finest flavour. Strawberries planted between the trees temporarily till they fully occupy the room under the ridge, ripened a fortnight earlier than those in the open air, and were of excellent quality. I have, therefore, no hesitation in recommending this mode of fruit culture to all...

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