The Old Time Farm Magazines: Pears, Apples, Peaches, a Silverware Cabinet and Horse Care

Read articles from old farm magazines that give advice on growing fruit, taking care of animals and building home projects.

| January/February 1976

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    From apple scald to market prices, these old-time farm magazines have tips for everyone.

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The following pages are taken from issues of New York Homestead, Inland Farmer, American Agriculturist, and New England Homestead dated 1883 to 1903. 

Pear Culture

G. F. Comings said: "We ought to enjoy this delicious fruit from August to February. There are thousands of acres in this and adjoining counties well adapted to pear culture that might be doubled in value in five years if set to pears. The ideal soil for pears is a black sand with dry sub-soil; next to this a clay loam; on any good corn soil they can be grown profitably. A northern slope is preferable to southern exposure. A clay soil should be thoroughly plowed and drained where necessary, and will bear much fertilizing ashes and bone meal being about the best thing to use." He recommended that trees be set eighteen feet apart each way, but the grower should be governed somewhat by the variety of fruit and soil. Large holes should be dug for the trees and some surface soil placed, at the bottom. For the first year or two it is a good thing to grow corn in the pear orchard as the shade afforded the tree will be beneficial. Currants are a desirable fruit crop to grow between the trees. It is a good plan to wrap young trees with building paper for the winter. Mr. Comings gave his views in regard to pruning and desirable varieties to plant, giving his preference to the Buerre de Anjou. He uses barrels and kegs for marketing the crop, and packed the fruit in two grades.

A Silverware Cabinet

By Pearl Howard Campbell  

Everyone, will admit that the old-fashioned silverware drawer piled full of plush lined boxes is a nuisance. It is almost impossible to keep it in order or to find things when one is in a hurry. Yet it has been difficult to get anything that will take its place. A young housekeeper has solved the problem in a very satisfactory way by a piece of furniture which she calls her silverware cabinet.

This cabinet stands on a shelf in the narrow passage way between her kitchen and dining room and was originally a thread case; such as merchants use for holding spools of cotton thread. But it has been so transformed, by the use of enamel and varnish which hide the unsightly letters that one would never dream of its former use. The drawers are lined with chamois. Through the center runs a tape which is tacked every half inch or so, leaving little spaces through which the handles of the spoons and forks are slipped.

The beauty of the cabinet is that it is only the work of a moment to put the silverware in place and as the drawers are shallow, one can tell at a glance just where everything is.

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