Garden & Home Builder Volume 23
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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...to be of any size. In a very small backyard garden or cottage garden for a small family where land is a consideration, rows a foot apart is sufficient; these can be worked by hand, and the junior plows and cultivators are indispensable. For the early crops the Irish cobbler is a good potato; also the Alaska type of peas; Sparks Earliana, Bonny Best, and Maule's Earliest and Best tomatoes; Black Beauty eggplant; Chinese Giant and Neapolitan peppers; Egyptian and Eclipse beets; Way-a-Head lettuce and Early Jersey Wakefield cabbage. The above named are old varieties and thoroughly tested. Try a few new varieties this year. The orchard needs close attention. Watch out for the tent caterpillar. The first signs are thin, grayish-white streaks about the crotches of the limbs. Wrap the end of a stick with a rough piece of burlap and with this rub these whitish places. They are the larvae of the tent caterpillar. A weekly investigation of the trees and the wiping out of these first signs will save a world of trouble later. See if the gum is exuding at the base of peach and plum trees; if so, take a sharp knife or stiff wire and dig for the peach borer. The gum is the beginning of the tunnel; follow it down for about a foot into the ground and a white worm, which is an inch long and known as the peach borer, will be found. After thorough investigation paint the base of the trees thoroughly with whitewash with a little carbolic acid," coal tar and lye mixed in. Do this twice a year, in early spring and late fall. Spray with bordeaux and arsenate of lead (summer strength) within ten days after the blossoms drop, for the curculio on peach and plum and coddling moth on apples and pears. Spray again just after the fruit is formed and again when the...
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- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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