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Cottage Gardening

Cottage Gardening


Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www. where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Fruit Culture. This is a matter in which the whole nation is interested as consumers, if not as cultivators. Some have an idea that beyond a few Gooseberry or Currant bushes it is absurd for a cottager to attempt to grow fruit, but I fail to see why every man who has ground enough to plant half-a-dozen Apple trees should not do so; in fact, I should like to see every cottage gardener turn his attention more than is now done to fruit culture, not only to supply the wants of his family, but also where favourably situated for the purpose of adding to his income. There is hardly a cottage that has not bare spaces on its walls, which might be turned to profitable account in this way. The best aspects would suit Apricots, Peaches, and Grapes, the inferior ones Plums and Pears, whilst the north sides would produce Morello Cherries that would find a ready sale at remunerative prices, and the Morello Cherry rarely fails, even in the most unfavourable seasons, to produce a crop. It should be borne in mind that the walls of a cottage are warmer and better adapted for fruit culture than an unprotected garden wall. If all the bare places on cottage walls, in suitable situations, were clothed with fruit trees, the value of the produce in a few years would be something enormous. There is nothing chimerical in this: in some districts many cottagers do sell considerable quantities of fruit from their gardens, and there is no reason why every cottager, who has a good garden, should not do so if well and perseveringly attended to; but there is one great drawback to men of slender means planting fruit trees. The moment a tree is planted the planter, if an ordinary tenant, loses all right of property in it. It is not like a crop that can be planted and gathered in one or even two years;

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