The Farmers and Fruit-Growers' Guide

The Farmers and Fruit-Growers' Guide

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...suflicient to protect the crop from most forms of insect damage for the period of its growth, This fact should go some way in popularising its cultivation. This opportunity is taken of suggesting that a spraying-machine of some modern type appears to be as necessary a part of the er uipment of the general farmer as his plough. Each man's holding should, an often does, consist of a combined garden, orchard, and farm, much of the various vegetation of which has scores of insect and other enemies that can do incalculable damage, and which can only be efiectively and economically suppressed by such means as recommended. Hand labour of even the cheapest description is costly, and to a large extent ineffective in keeping down these pests where they abound, which is generally upon the richest soils and most succulent vegetation, entailing, proportionately, extensive loss which the prompt and judicious use of the spray-pump, with its various antidotes, can alone thoroughly prevent. In the case of such a crop as tobacco, whose commercial value so largely depends upon the perfect condition of the leaves, it will be evident that a system which not only protects these. but does so at a tithe of the cost of time and labour formerly employed, should require no further recommendation; but when the same implement is of such general and varied utility on every farmer's homestead, the private or joint ownership of one should be considered a necessity. Its use will certainly reduce the cost of raising tobacco, as well as make the occupation more pleasant, and it is trusted that its general adoption for the purposes of this industry is merely a matter of time. Although other homely preparations, such as extract of gum-leaves, or an infusion of...show more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236750136
  • 9781236750136