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A Weekly Newspaper
For Everybody \vii<> Wants it
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Worth —Two gold dollar?.
Conducted by E, 11. Libby.
Managing Kdltor, \V. W.COBBRTT.
Published by the
YAKIMA PUBLISHING COMPANY.
NORTH YAKIMA, WASHINGTON.
North Yakinm. First Xt ivi-t.
Scuttle, Koom 7, HlDCtcley Block.
Tuconui, 1113, Pacific Avenue.
RANCH SMALL TALK.
My! but ar'nt the tree roots going into
the ground at v lively rule these warm
spring days !
Are the laterals ceaned out for the
Five copies of Till': Ranch, one year,
$4; Four copies, three months, $1.
Nature in tliis part of Ibecountry post
poned her Easter decorations to a later
date. From a commercial view, Nature
did a very sensible thing. Later bloom
means bloom's perfection—the matured
fruit next autumn.
Do you know the ladybird when you
see her? If not, got an in'roduction; she is
your friend and the particular enemy of
the green aphis th;it destroys tender veg
etation. She is worthy of your careful
The sheepmen are pleaded at the con
dition in which they rind their flocks this
spring. The bloaters will go upon Ibe
ranges this year in shape to do their beat
in wool and increase.
Professor Lake over at. the experiment
al farm at Pullman continues his tests of
the germinating power of wet wheat. Of
the first -- samples he finds .">(> per ."enl
to grow. That's a pretty poor kind of
seed to depend upon.
The Northern Pacific Railroad com
pany have issued a charming little folder,
beautifully illustrated and discriptive of
the Yakima yalley, especially of the
Sunnyside district watered by the big
ditch. It is an excellent thiny to send
to friends in the east along with a copy
of The Ranch.
Of course a start has been made on tliat
The .seeds of pens, lettuce, radishes,
onions, early turnips and beelsarc iirouilg
the varieties t>f garden seed that may he
Br«trusted to mother earth &1 ihis Hme.
Some of tlie young iilanis may ge\ nipped,
but probnhly not. If they ilo one can
stait in igftintnd be as fur along as ihosu
who put off planting until dead sure of
continued warm weaihur, and if they
don't you will be way ahead, as you
ought to be as a RANCH reader.
At the Illinois experiment station, the
Snyder heads the list of blackberries;
black raspberries, ttie Kama*; red rasp
berries, three sorts divide the honors —
Turner, Cutllbpfl and Philadelphia, each
having merits peculiarly its own. Has
any one tried the Kansas in the Yakima?
The others are standards everywhere.
I'rof Qeo. K. Morrow, professor of
agriculture in the CJo'versity of Illinois,
ban resigned. Prof. Mr.rrow is an earnest,
capable educator in agricultural lines,
and we trust that he does not intend
withdrawing from the field in which
capable men are so much needed.
A great mistake quite often made is to
plant too many trees noout the bouse
yard. A forestry plantation is one tiling,
trees for an orchard is another, and trees
for beauty slill different.
Use a line to make the garden rows by.
One gets as many vegetables from a
crooked row, of course, but a crosseyed
garden is not a sightly thing.
It is an open question perhaps whether
the farmer can afford to grow wheat as a
food for stock or not, but it is a closed
question that at present prices for the
great human food cereal that he can bet
ter afford to feed it to the hogs than to
sell it. If it, won't pay to feed stock
upon it then cut down the acreage and
substitute .something else.
The Northwest Pacific Farmer saj's
thai the people of tlie midwinter fair are
going crazy over the Oregon apple, ami
tlie smallest specimen*) are sold at 5 cents
apiece. If that's ilie case what a Bedlam
would have reigned at San Francisco if
Yakiina fruit bud not been prohibited
from the- show by exorbitant space rates.
Probably the fair managers foresaw
what would happen if eastern Washing
ton got in its fruits. Some people have
intimated I but it was jealously on the
p.ut of California fruit glowers and ship
pers that led to the snub dealt out to
applicant* for space from this part of the
country, but now we know that this is
A very proper addition to the proposed
canning plant will be a pickle factory, or,
perhaps it would be best for a separate
establishment. Such a factory can work
off green tomatoes, cucumbers, small
onions, cauliflower etc. Such a plant
would furnish a market for a great deal
of produce that can be plentifully and
cheaply grown and it would add materi
ally to the profit of the gardeners and
snail fanners, Some .me can build up a
good business of this kind here.
I'o not follow beaten palbi alloir liter,
bill vary your farm methods v lilllc just
to see if the forefathers and the first set
tlers adopted the oest ways of doing
things. We don't mean expensive or la
borious experimentation, but such a« may
be c'.oue at no great outlay of money or
time. If results are Dot always satisfac
tory the "play" is interesting and lends
an added charm to farm life.
Do you plant whole potatoes or cut
your seed; small potatoes or Urge ones;
plant immediately after cutting or let
them lie and callous; in drills or hill*;
deep or shallow; trench or "hill up"?
Commissioner Maxey and Secretary
Tonueson did the valley good service last
week in organizing those two horticul
tural societies. Now It depends upon the
members to keep up the interest and
make the societies really useful.
Is the sweet pea a fly killer? If so it
has an ad litional claim to popularity
among housekeepers. A Kentucky man
relates that he accidentally discovered
this attribute. He happened to throw a
bunch of sweet peas upon a newspaper
in his store and soon found that every lly
that alighted upon tbe blossoms was a
sort of "good Indian" My in a twinkling.
Worth a trial anyhow.
Common prudence dictates that the
farm house and outbuildings should be
insured in some good reliable fire insur
ance company. The cost is in accordance
with the risk, quite small, but that risk is
entirely too great for the farmer to carry.
The means with which to build a de-
stroyed home are not always at command.
Better have an insurance company in
readiness to furnish it.
Here's an item for American hens and
their owners: A trial shipment of eggs
has been made from Australia to England.
The eggs were rubbed over wiih grease
and packed with bran, flour, lime and
pollard in small cases, and when opened
were found to be perfectly fresh and
"Bully for The Ranch, I say," was
the greeting of Commissioner Maxcy of
the state board of horticulture as lie en
tered the sanctum the other day. It was
hearty and expressive, -complimentary
if not elegant.
And now comes the Sprague Mail with
another hearty "whooper up" for the
state fair in North Yakima. It says that
"The state fair will be visited by thous
ands of people, not only from this state,
but from all parts of the Northwest and
every tourist and traveller who happens
to be in Washington at that time will
want to visit the fair and see the wonder
ful products of the state. A fine exhibit
will be the best advertisement that Lin
coln county can have and there is no
question but that the exhibit from this
county ran equal if not surpass that from
any other county,"