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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Reigle, G. W.
Grapes. My home vineyard,   pp. 20-23 PDF (1.5 MB)


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20       WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.
Mrs. Howlebt: I think what Air. Kellogg says about the
Warfield is right on certain kinds of soil. We had an experience
with the Warffe!d and Brandywine, the Warfield in drouth would
dry out until there were no berries at all, while we had good
crops of Brandywine on the same ground, right in the same lo-
cality. I think the Warfield dries out worse than some other
varieties do on heavy soil.
MIr. Kellogg: Brandywine I consider one of the best late
berries; I am glad to have it mentioned.
GRAPES.
MY HOME VINEYARD.
G. W. REIGLE, Madison, Wis.
My apple orchard, my strawberry plantation, my home vine-
yard, orally pronounced, are really more euphonius than "revise
the tariff downward,"  man behind the gun," or "big stick,"
and to many of us the former phrases easily hold first place in
importance.
What grateful shade "my home vineyard" suggests. What
harmony of odors surpassing even those of the sunny Indian
island. Where else repose such tonic virtues the results of which
have produced constellations of Rogers and Munsons. When
and where the vine originated is quite as obscure as the early
history of Greece and Rome and like the treasures of these an-
cient civilizations have survived the "dark ages," "the black
plague," and "the brown rot," and is now pretty well dis-
tributed throughout the enlightened portion of the globe.
Its range of distribution surpasses that of the apple and like
the apple succeeds best where wisdom is exercised in selecting
varieties adapted to the soil and to the climatic conditions. To
illustrate this, I think of no better example than that of the
Worden grape.
In Wisconsin it ranks among our best, but in nearly all parts
of the South this grape is practically worthle;.3.
The home vineyard presupposes a shelter, a bit of land, a
family, and a man: not one of those two-legged animals whose
cerebrum is honey-combed with the mycelium of that incurable
fungus of chronic laziness and carelessnes.


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