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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1909
Vol. XXXIX (1909)

Hatch, A. C.
horticulture in Texas and Wisconsin,   pp. 51-55 PDF (1.1 MB)

Page 51

plants cannot be planted out until the 10th of June, and in Sep-
tember they are often stripped of their beauty by early frosts.
Before planting we should have a definite objct in view. If
there is no reason for planting, then do not p'ant, Bedding
plants are usually employed to add color to the scene. Color en-
hances the beauty of formal design, and so we will always ap-
preciate the merits of bedding plants. properly used, because they
add permanent color and pleasing design, to scenes that would
otherwise seem dull and unattractive.
By A. C. HATCH, Sturgeon flay.
What I say of Texas horticulture I wish to limit to the so-
called "Gulf Coast" country. Texas is so vast a state and has so
many different conditions within its border that what is true of
one region may not apply to any other. This "Gulf Coast" re-
gion is being exploited for winter gardening and semi-tropic
fruits. It lies in the extreme southern part of Texas, from Cor-
pus Christi to Mexico. Hundreds of artesian wells with fine
pure soft water with a temperature of 85 to 95 degrees are 11Ow
in use for irrigation over a large share of this country. The soil
is made up of the silt washed down and deposited by the streams
flowing from the higher country to the northward, through un-
told ages. These soils vary with the character of material
washed down from the higher regions, and may be sand, marl,
gummy black soil or more porous alluvial, much of which seems
to be very fertile and ideal for gardening, and when properly se-
lected, finely adapted for fruits.
From the standpoint of a northern man this country is very in-
teresting, very alluring and very puzzling. Throbbing and thrill-
ing with energy from the north it is being improved and devel-
oped along a multitude of lines that is a source of wonder and as-
tonishment. I will pass this feature by with the observation that
much of this development is based upon hope and however prom-
ising the future may seem a large share of the natives owning
property were ready to sell.

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