Annual Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture Volume 5

Annual Report of the Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Agriculture Volume 5

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...well known that the Cross pear, an excellent winter variety, originated in this city--the parent tree being almost within a stone's throw of where we now stand. In vain we searched the country round for this variety and were finally obliged to send to France to obtain it, and actually imported some half dozen, now growing in our grounds. Enterprising nurserymen abroad keep an Cjq on all new kinds of valuable fruits and flowers, procure and propagate them, hybridize and raise from seed, and where labor is cheap, can afford them at less cost, in quantities, than if grown here. In this connection we take the liberty to say--not to parade any thing we have done, but for the benefit of poor beginners like us, who would have a home however homely, and arc willing to begin at the beginning with the young saplings--that in the spring of 1853 we imported, among other things, one thou. sand seedling Norway spruces, without exception the most valuable evergreen tree in the world, for New England climate, at an expense of less than ten dollars, or less than one cent apiece. After three years' growth these were transplanted, making six hundred feet of garden hedge, and surrounding a field of six acres, at suitable distances for an ornamental screen. Hundreds of dollars would not purchase the lot of trees, only about two per cent. of the whole number having been lost. It is, however, no part of this address to attempt to point out which of the vast variety of trees and fruits should be selected, or how to be obtained and planted; all this would be tedious and lengthy. Books and periodicals abound with advice, some of which is good, and professed gardeners arc abroad, who may be of service; but every improver must think and act for himself. His own good sense, more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 445g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660153
  • 9781236660152