Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Moore, J. G., et al.
Orchard tillage session, pp. 106-117 PDF (2.5 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. is overdrawn for the half has not been told as you may observe as you passed through the country. ' It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all." So even at the worst it is better to have planted trees that die by slow torture than not to have planted any, for some day, sonie time, your descend- ants will absorb from nature the divine soul of some former horticulturist and will grow beautiful healthy trees and red, red apples as enticing as the girl's cheek he loves. In the spring he will eagerly watch for the first bursting greenness of the leaves and will be uplifted with ecstasy at the first gleam of crimson that tells of the blossom. In the fairy- land of the full bloom he will alore with raised hands, eyes and heart the great bounteous and boundless gifts of prodigal ina- ture. So plant apple trees, Farmer, and forget to crucify them in your cultivation. Forget to turn the hogs in when they get older. Try to be loving and careful of their welfare and some day in spring go out in the middle of that 5 acres and gaze at their loveliness. Listen to the music of the bees and the happy song of the birds and be glad that there is a heaven and and that you have 5 acres of it right here. Plant your " 5 acres or more" horticulturist and when you are in the fairyland of blossom or full fruitage you won't need an aeroplane to raise you to such heights that breathing is almost suspended at the vision of beauty you have helped to create. I know for I have been there. W. S. HAGER. I have always practiced cultivating and growing a crop be- tween the trees. I have used almost every kind of hoed crop, even strawberries. I think I like beans the best, as they en- rich the soil and do not shade, and are not so deep rooted as to absorb moisture, that in a dry seasan should go to the tree. I think the most convenient crop to cultivate, that I ever used, was squashes, planted two hills between the trees one way, leav- ing a full row (-lear the other way, most of the cultivating may be done this waly with two horses and a spring tooth harrow, and (01W horse may be used the other way. This method I consider nearly as cheap as clean cultivation. 110
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