Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Hatch, A. L.
The Door County fruit district, pp. 212-214 PDF (995.3 KB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. Finally, if a person propagates plants for his own use he will become a keener observer of the characteristics of the plants with which he is dealing. He is obliged to look into the details of their make-up and development, and this is conducive to suc- cess, not only in the growing of small fruits, but of other crops as well. I have touched upon only a few of the factors which, to my mind, influence the degree of success to be attained in the man- agement of a plantation for small fruits. In some instances I may have drawn defective conclusions, but I believe that most of the things I have mentioned are worthy of our consideration. THE DOOR COUNTY FRUIT DISTRICT. A. L. HATCH, Sturgeon Bay. The continued success of fruit culture at Sturgeon Bay is now attracting considerable attention. Especially is this true cf cherry culture, which is expanding rapidly. In common with most of the Door county peninsula this region has some ad- vantages for the growth of several fruits which have been deniot- strated to be very valuable and reliable for every season. In fruit culture, as in every other business, success depends upon certainty of returns. Where conditions favor full crops every year and where the fruit develops to perfection, and where it has perfect shipping qualities, there exists the foundation for profitable commercial fruit growing. And when these conditions are supplemented with good shipping and marketing conditions, and when the business is already well established for co-opera- tion among growers, there exists still further advantages. In all of these the Sturgeon Bay region is especially fortu- nate. The first planting of fruit trees in considerable quanti- ties were made about fifty years ago and during all those years there is no record of a loss of bloom by spring frosts. This is a record assuring a greater certainty of crops than ix found elsewhere in most of the so-called fruit regions. We have at Sturgeon Bay a cool spring long drawn out that prevents such early bloom, and gives fruit trees a chance to make a strong recuperative start of buds and bloom that has 212
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