Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Moore, J. G.
Cultivation of the farm orchard and fruit garden, pp. 26-36 PDF (2.7 MB)
Sulm MEING. 5 that objection in this way. I would like to ask how many farm- ers who were not growing orchards five years ago in Wisconsin have started growing? You would not need the fingers of one hand to count them. Now, while this may be a little out of place, we have come to this proposition, that unless we take care of our fruit better in the future than we have in the past, that the Wis- consin farm orchard is going just exactly the same way as the Michigan farm orchard, and that is that with the lack of culti- vation and lack of proper handling today, the Michigan farm orchard is passing out; in ten years there will be very few good farm orchards in Michigan. Wisconsin is going just the same way. Perhaps we cannot get every farmer to take up a system of this kind and cultivate, but just as soon as this farmer sees the benefit of cultivating fruit trees, just as much as he sees the benefit of cultivation of his corn, he is going to cultivate it. We go into a district and spray; we can get but one man to spray, but as soon as his neighbor sees he is getting results, then he will spray too. A Member: If you spray trees pretty well before the berries get ripe, if you have strawberries in the rows, you are apt to get some of the poison on them. Prof. Moore: You would have to eat several bushels of ber- ries in order to get enough poison to hurt you. The President: I want to say something in regard to this Mixing up so many things in the orchard. A few years ago I noticed in Mr. Franklin Johnson's blackberries that there was quite a difference in the rows. He had planted blackberries eight feet apart and strawberries between; the strawberries lasted long enough so that they had a decided effect on the black- berries, the blackberries showed the bad effect of having the strawberries in between, and I am not quite sure if you try black- berries and raspberries in your orchard long enough to have it worth while, that you would find that they get badly in your way in orchard work. Prof. Moore: Do you think the bad effect upon the trees or upon the small fruit would be as great if the small fruit was planted in the orchard, as it would to have both small fruits and orchard setting in sod? The President: I will answer, if you get up a man's enthusi- sam sufficiently to cultivate his orchard, why in the world make it so much harder to do it as to put those things in, when he can 35
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