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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / The Wisconsin horticulturist
Vol. III, No. 9 (November 1898)

Preparing sod lands for fruit,   p. 26 PDF (263.5 KB)


Wrapping fruit in tissue paper,   pp. 26-27 PDF (487.2 KB)


Page 26


26    THE WISCONSIN HOR'ICULTURIST.
PREPARING SOD LANDS FOR FRUIT.
It is not desirable to set small fruits directly after a
tough old sod. You should use one or two cleaning crops,
that is, crops that will receive careful cultivation, before
you set out fruits. Such sod may be plowed this Fall, leav-
ing the furrows standing up as straight as possible. The
frost and air will destroy a good many of the grass and
weed roots, and also help to break up the soil. In the Spring
cross-plow or work up the sod with a tool like the Cutaway
harrow; then plant either corn or potatoes in hills, using
what manure or fertilizer you can afford, and giving con-
stant culture, so as to keep the weeds subdued. At the last
cultivation of the corn, we would sow 12 pounds per acre of
Crimson clover. If this makes a fair growth, which is
likely, plow it under the next year, and either repeat the
crop or set out small fruits as seems most desirable.
-Rural New Yorker.
WRAPPING FRUIT IN TISSUE PAPER.
There is nothing very mysterious about the success of
the California fruit growers. In the first place, they take
pains to produce high grade fruit; then they fix it up in the
nicest packages they can devise, and wrap every pear, every
peach, every fruit except cherries, in tissue paper, some even
having their brand printed on the tissue paper. And this
fruit they send, and capture the fancy market. The way
to beat California is to beat her at her own game. If it pays
them to buy tissue paper and wrap their fruit it will pay
you. It won't cost very much to send a box or two to mar-
ket and see the difference in price. I don't care if you charge
double price for the tissue paper and wrapping, and so on.
Charge everything to the expense of the venture that you
like, that your conscience will permit, and then make an
estimate after you are all through. Fruit which is wrapped
is of better quality. The wrapping retains the flavor.
Why do the Florida people wrap their oranges? They


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