The Garden; An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Gardening in All Its Branches Volume 4

The Garden; An Illustrated Weekly Journal of Gardening in All Its Branches Volume 4

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...from a light to a dark-brown colour when the fruit is matured, and will, when gathered then and placed in a proper place, ripen without withering. Another and safe rule to follow in gathering Pears is to watch for the swelling of the end of the stem attached to the twig, and, by raising the Pear gently by hand, it separates without effort; while, with a green specimen, no such separation will take place unless force is used. Neither for home use uor market should Pears be allowed to ripen on the tree, for the quality of such will always be inferior to those ripened in, a dry, dark, and cool atmosphere. Pears intended for market should be hand-picked, sorted into two sizes at the time of gathering; and a stem upon each Pear is an important appendage, making a difference in their favour of from 10s. to 20s. per barrel, which is the most convincing argument. In practice it seldom happens that all the fruit on a tree is fit to gather at the same time. Going over the trees two or three times in a period of the same number of weeks, taking off each time the fruit far enough advanced, will be found the best practice to follow. In picking, sorting, and packing, avoid rough usage; for, whenever Pears are bruised, they rot before ripening, and of course such blemishes will tell against the fruit. Delicate and thin-skinned sorts are more easily injured by rough handlingthan varieties with tough skins, like Duchesse d'Angouleme, Beurrd Bosc, and Lawrence; but, whether tongh or tender, rough handling should be avoided. Pick Pears only on dry days, and under no circumstances is it best to pack such fruit for market until it has cooled off, which it will in a few hours if placed in a dry, cool atmosphere, to which darkness should be added if the fruit is kept...show more

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  • Paperback | 770 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 39mm | 1,352g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621115
  • 9781236621115