Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 37

Report of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, for the Year Volume 37

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: Rev. T. C. McFarland. This is a broad subject, and one almost inexhaustible. However, in the short allotment of space and time given to me, I shall endeavor to briefly cover the subject from the standpoint of horticulture in Iowa. Downing said "In our survey of the culture of fruit, let us begin at the beginning. Gradual amelioration, and the skillful practice of the cultivator, have so filled our orchards and gardens with good fruits, that it is necessary now to cast a look back at the types from which these delicious products have sprung." In the early recollections of the boyhood of the writer, emigration from the East to Iowa, then ' 'the wild, woolly west," was great. The idea of a new country, as pictured, enthused me with a longing to join the exodus; but early the glowing accounts of Iowa were soon modified, and the overrated possibilities of this new country were reduced to agricultural productions only, as fruit growing then was not thought possible. The bleak winds and severe winters rendered this state unfavorable to the fruit industry. With these reports my idea of Iowa was changed from a good to a bad opinion, and from that time on I lost the better respect for Iowa. In later years, however, by the more progressive pioneers of Iowa, the facts begun to dawn upon the people that certain fruits, under favorable conditions, could be made to produce, and the facts pointed to some favorable prospects in fruit growing in various parts of the state. With this encouragement the interest was pushed forward from year to year until to-day, Iowa maintains many large commercial orchards of apple, plum, cherry and pear, of which many states that make broader claims of fruit growing might be proud. From more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236939735
  • 9781236939739