Transactions of the Iowa State Horticultural Society for Volume 24

Transactions of the Iowa State Horticultural Society for Volume 24

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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. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...good healthy stock. Many failures occur by a careless handling of the plants. The fine roots are easily damaged; they should be kept moist and not allowed to dry by exposure to wind or sun. Another source of failure is a neglect to firmly pack the soil around the roots in planting; this is very important, especially so in dry weather. It is essential to the growth and health of the plant that the surface of the soil should be kept loose by frequent stirring; give thorough cultivation but not deep enough to break and injure the roots--weeds if allowed to grow, rob the plant of moisture and food. Keep your plants growing all through the growing season, give each plant plenty of room, it must have air; light, moisture and food to enable it to properly mature its wood and store up nourishment for the future crop. Perform your part of the work well, make all the conditions favorable that the plant may take the raw material and convert into delicious fruit, doing its mission in performing the part nature designed it should do. Labor is a large and important item in growing small fruits; economize it as much as possible. With the improved tools the cultivating can be done largely with the horse; and the team and plow can be made to greatly lessen the expense of planting. Planting should commence as early in the spring as the ground is in good working condition. Currants, gooseberries, red raspberries and blackberries should be planted early to insure the best results. Cap raspberries and strawberries can be planted quite late if the weather is favorable. For strawberries mark off the rows four feet apart, and set the plants twelve to eighteen inches in the row. If pistilate varieties are used every third row should be planted with a more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959930
  • 9781236959935