Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Christensen, H. C.
Celery, pp. 161-163 PDF (715.4 KB)
My experience in raising musk melons, pp. 163-166 PDF (872.1 KB)
WINTER MENmG. We use a windmill, tank and piping, applying the water directly to the plants through a garden hose. This is a job the boys de- light in doing. In preparing for market, a sharp stiff knife is used for cutting. The plant is stripped down to the edible portion and the butt end neatly trimmed. It is then tied in one fourth dozen bunches and washed. As all our celery is disposed of in the local market no boxing is necessary. When storing the celery, the outer stalks are stripped off and the longer leaves trimmed in somewhat. It is then packed closely in pits, which are made by making a frame of ten inch boards fifty inches wide and sixteen feet long with two cross pieces. This is placed on level ground and the dirt within removed to a depth of eight inches and banked about the outside. After the pit is filled, water is run to a depth of four or five inches to thoroughly moisten the roots and prevent wilting. A double covering of boards is then placed over the pits. This will keep out consid- erable frost and if an extra covering of coarse litter is given, celery may be safely kept here until well after Thanksgiving. In our section it is not considered safe in the ground after the twentieth of October. In cellar storage the plants are not packed so closely, some earth being placed about the roots when setting down. As to varieties, we use mostly the self-blanching. For the gen- eral market we still prefer a good strain of White Plume to any of the various sorts of that variety. Golden Self Blanching is much superior in quality to White Plume but is of slower growth and more susceptible to blight and rust. It also requires a richer soil. For keeping qualities the green celeries excel. Evans Triumph Giant Pascal, Winter Queen, Noll's Magnificent are all good varieties. The green celeries require hilling with earth to blanch properly. MY EXPERIENCE IN RAISING MUSK MELONS. Wm. NELSON, Oshkosh. I have had about 14 years experience in raising musk-melons, raising about 6 acres each year. I have tried several varieties, but have dropped all except the Emerald Gem, Osage and Honey Dew, as I raise them only for home market. 163
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