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)
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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