The Minnesota Horticulturist Volume 33.cMinnesota State Society
The Minnesota Horticulturist Volume 33
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Author: Minnesota State Society
Page Count: 226 pages
Published Date: 01 Mar 2012
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781130518887
Download Link: The Minnesota Horticulturist Volume 33
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ...upward, hence they pass on unmolested and rob as they go. The shriveled condition of the twigs in the springtime is a mute witness to this fact. In this connection the necessity of planting evergreen shelterbelts to retard the winds in their course, and also to deflect them upward is apparent. Our third problem arises from the fact that we live in the Valley of the Nile, so to speak, and we are blest with the fattest of American soils, and even overly blest from the fruit grower's standpoint. Our black prairie soil, which has become so fruitful as the land of corn and swine, is by no means equally satisfactory for fruit trees. The best corn land is not the best soil for the orchard. The kind of soil that produces a slow growth, a hard, compact cell structure, one texture and with good keeping qualities, is what the ordinary farmer would call a poor clay soil. In some sections there is much diversity of opinion as to the best slope to plant on. With us the problem often is to find any kind of a slope, and often the grower is thankful to secure even the suggestion of one, regardless of its direction. To briefly summarize then, our limited rainfall, the desiccation from dry winds of winter encouraged by an unbroken topography, and an unusually fertile soil which tends to produce a succulent wood growth which may be subject to winter injury, and a sitnilar growth in the fruit, which is not conducive to the highest keeping qualities, are some of our most important problems. I do not wish to leave the impression, however, that we live beyond the apple belt, or that our difficulties are unsurmountable. We are slowly mounting the ladder "round by round," and our growers are gradually becoming masters of the situation. Like the American citizenship, we hav...

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