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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)

Hatch, A. L.
The Door County fruit district,   pp. 212-214 PDF (995.3 KB)

Harper, Blanchard
Notes on gardening and preserving fruits,   pp. 214-216 PDF (620.9 KB)

Page 214

orchards doing better than this for in the case of my own
orchard it should be understood that in it I have tried out
several varieties that were unprofitable. I also made some mis-
takes of planting and management that are now being avoided
by later planters. It is a pleasure to know that many younger
men are now engaged in a broader and stronger development of
this splendid industry.
A Protecting Screen.
The idea is not original, none of mine are, merely adaptive, or
adopting-I can not remember where I read it originally, but as
I use it, it is as follows:
Get a number of heavy pieces of galvanized iron wire, Nos.
10 or 12, I think, cut into four feet lengths, then procure a num-
ber of yards of "tobacco" (i. e., that used to screen tobacco
plants) cheese cloth, in which tucks half an inch deep are run,
at intervals of seven and a half feet. Run a wire through each
tuck so that six inches projects beyond the cloth on each side to be
stuck in the ground. In case of a high wind it is advisable to
pin the windward side to the ground between the hoops. I use
mine as a protection against spring and autumn frosts, sum-
mer sun, and when watering a favorite row during a drouth. It
enables me to lengthen the season of tender vegetables about six
weeks every year. In the autumn, when the snow flies, I have
the cheese cloth washed and use it year after year, and have done
so for three years. I have also light frames fitting in place of
my cold frame sash covered with cheese cloth, instead of being
filled with glass, which I use to start young seedling in hot sum-
mer weather. It is a great protection also against a burning
summer wind, or a beating rain. I always remove it at night in
hot weather and replace it in the morning as long as needed,
and in cold weather, put it on at night and take it off when the
sun shines. It is particularly useful in transplanting young
lettuce, asters, endive, celery, etc. Try it!

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