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November 29 1905 Whole No 1624 16 4
and DeLand Fla Wednesday
Vol XXXII XXXIINo No 48 Jacksonville
Handling Seed Potatoes in Florid FloridThe FloridaThe
The following which appeared i itho in inthe
the Ilnral New Yorker explains ito itoself itsself
self and needs no comment commentI
I have just ordered some very fin finand fine fineand
and costly Irish potatoes as seed t tplant to toplant
plant for winter crop and am anxiou anxiounot nnxiousnot
not to raise diseased tubers and t tmake to tomake
make as good success as possible wit witthem Witllthem
them as I wish to use this crop afte aftethey aftCIthe
they the are harvested in November fo foseed for for6eetl
seed to plant in December for earl earlspring early earlysllring
spring crop So I write yon as bes bespractical best bestpractical
practical authority I know of t tanswer to toanswer <
answer the following questions After Aftereceiving Afterreceiving
receiving the northerngrown seed po potatoes potatoes
tatoes and cutting them would you yotadvise youadvise
advise placing them spread out in sin singreen sungreen
green or would it be best to green grecithem greenthem
them in sun and then cut As soon sooias soonas
as cut would you advise sprinkling sprinklingwell sprinklingwelI
well slaked lime over cut pieces piecesWould piecesoulll
Would oulll you advise after above is dontto done doneto
to soak them in a solution of tw twounces two twoounces <
ounces corrosive sublimate mixed ii in inl
15 l gallons water for one and onehall onehallhour onehalfhour
hour planting immediately Wouli Wouliit ould ouldit
it be a more certain way to bed then thenafter themafter
after above is done and mulch bet betwith bedwith
with leaves watering Oil they begiito begin beginto
to sprout and then plant J S C CBade CDade
Bade Co Florida FloridaWe FloridaVe
We grfcw our seed in Virginia VirginiaMassachusetts Virginiafass1chusetts
Massachusetts and Maine For bestresults best hl1tresults
results we think they should be ship shippod shippd
pod here December 1 sure and therspread then thenspread
spread out thin in some partially partialljlighted partiallylighted
lighted room from two to four weeks weeksWe weelsWe
We do not cut till we are ready tc tcplaster toplnster
plaster We have no trouble with withth withthseed UK UKseed
seed sprouting that is grown as rainorth far farnorth
north as Massachusetts but the Vir Virginia Virginia
ginia seed wants more time and light lightWe lightVe
We Ve usually plant at Hastings about aboutfirst 1I1I1tfirst
first week to last week in January Januaryso
so yon see the seed coming iieni r firsl firslof fir t tof
of December will want to be sprend sprendpretty slrCld11retty
pretty thin or sprouts will become becometoo becometoo
too tender and white but with the theseed theseed
seed only one layer deep and plenty plentyof 1lentrof
of light they will come very stubbed stubbedand stubbedand
and strong I would not cut on sny snyaccount ny nyaccount
account till ready to plant G W V L LHastings LHastings
Hastings Fla FlaYour FlaYour
Your reader will have no trouble troubleto
to keep his potatoes from November Novemberuntil Novemberuntil
until December I can keep potatoes potatoesfrom potatoesfrom
from April until Christmas I have havedone havedone
done so by putting p1 ttlng them under the thehouse thehou6e
house a dark dry and cool place placewith placewith
with plenty of ventilation Do not notadvise notadvise
advise your reader to depend on home homegrown homegrown ¬
grown seed for his main or spring springcrop sprincrop
crop it will not do well Our experi experience experience ¬
ence is to save seed from spring to toplant toplant
plant in the fall but always get et north northern northern ¬
ern grown for spring crop It will not notbe notbe
be necessary to sprout the seed ex except except ¬
cept in case of cool and wet weather weatherdelaying weatherdelaying
delaying planting He could sprout sproutthem Iproutthem
them by cutting the seed and spread spreadihg slrending
ihg out evenly on barn floor cover covering covering ¬
ing lightly with sand one inch thick thickand thickand
and keeping moist I have had pota potatoes potatoes ¬
toes up in three days da s in this way wayThis wayTbis
This will insure a better stand standJ
7 R V VLeon VLeon
Leon Co Fla
In planting potatoes in this section sectlowe sectionwe
we prefer to cut them merely merel Ion Ionenough long longenough
enough before planting to dry the cu cuwhich cut cutwhich
which may be hastened planting plantingfew n nfew
few hours after cutting by using llm llmor lime limeor
or plaster on them We have no es espcrience ex ex11rience
pcrience in bedding the potatoes t tsprout to tosprout
sprout for planting in our light so sowe soil soilwe
we have had no trouble in gettin gettinthem gettinthem
them up in good time We woul woulprefer would wouldprefer
prefer getting our seed from the Nortlat North Northnt
at planting time and putting them i iat in innt
A L H HOrange HOrange
at once
Orange Co Fill FlaNovemberdug FillXovemberdug
Novemberdug potatoes will hardl hardlsprout hardly hardlysprout
sprout in December following s swould so sowould
would have same dug and shipped a aearly as asearly
early as possible They can be shir shirped shlp11ed
ped in wellventilated barrels Hardeior Harden Hardenor
or blue on arrival by exposure exp sure t tlight to tolight
light or sunshine if planting time i iat is isnt
at hand and you are in a hurry re rebarrel rebnrrel
barrel and confine in a close place t tmake to tomalw
If scabby treat treafor
make them sprout I Ifor
for same and sulphur I have never neveused neverused
I Iand
used lime cutting to one or two eye eyeand e es
and planting at once If soil is at al alwet all allwet
wet be sure to cover lightly or the thewill they theywill
will be sure to rot more soil can b badded be bemilled <
added later when up The trendsystem trend trenchsystem
system by horee culture pays p ys best beshere besthere
here We e make about 200 pounds pe peacre per perncre
acre On account of convenience ii iihauling in inhauling
hauling we e prefer to ship in bushel busheboxes bushelboxes
boxes We Ve can then also pack in cars cariwith carswith
with tomatoes or egg plants in cases casesThe casesThe
The eastern market however preferbarrels prefer prefersbarrels
barrels This experience pertain pertainstrictly pertainsstrictl
strictl strictly to extreme southern Florida Floridawhere Floridawhere
where it seldom freezes the mos mostender most mosttender
tender vegetation W W WMiami WMiami
Miami Fla FlaThe FlaThe
The existing conditions of the thiweather thewenther
weather at the time that the sect sectarrives seed seednrrlves
arrives have much to do with tintreatment tin thetrentment
treatment The tendency to tot 1 1the is isthe
the worst trouble with seed that nrrivin arrive arriveIn <
in the early enrl part of October They Thejire Theyare
ire often overheated on the way 01 01in or orin
in in warehouse after arrival Spreading Spreadingin
in a shady shad airy 1 ry place and treating treatingtvith trentingwith
with lime will do some good I would woultnot wouldnot
not spread seed in the sun unless or orool oncool
cool ool or cloudy day d y either in cut 01 01incut or oruncut
uncut condition but if spread in hall hallrtiade halfshade
shade or twothirds shade for a dajr day dayor
or > r two both before and after cutting cuttingjefore cuttingbefole
jefore planting would help prevent preventotting preventrotting
rotting and promote sprouting The Thebest Thebest
best results cdme from cutting di dilarge dDlarge
large pieces and leaving the small smalljotatoes 610allpotatoes
potatoes jotatoes uncut As stable manure is isi isIt
for winter winterjrown wintergrown
It i very necessary stimulant
grown potatoes some treat the seed seedvith seedwith
with corrosive sublimate to prevent preventicab preventscab
scab I would hold the seed in the theihade theshade
shade till the weather conditions were wereight wereright
right if I had to wait a month tor the thenain thenlain
nain crop The ground may be too tooIry toodry
dry Iry and hot or too wet and cold coldiVhen coldWhen
When prairie land is in the best con coalition condition ¬
lition then pine land is not at all fit fito fitto
to o plant in and the opposite is also alsorue alsotrue
true rue By B watering them under leaves leavesne leavesone
one > ne might get them sprouted at a airong awrong
wrong time of suitable climatic con conitioiis conditions
itioiis for planting When the con conitions conditions
itions are right potaoto growing is
both pleasant and profitable as ther therare tilerenre
are no potato bugs and our white whitecrop wintercrop
crop can be used during our tourist tourisseason touristseason
season from January to April AprilW AprilW
W A H Hobbs HobbsDade HobbsDade
Dade Co Fla FlaSeed 1 < la laSccd
Seed should be placed under a she sheor shed <
or some protected spot and coverei covereicarefully covered coveredenrefull
carefully with clean sacks or leaves leavesBe
Be sure to cover it sufficiently to stand stanca standn
a temperature of 15 l degrees belovfreezing below belowfreezing
freezing About five weeks before befortplanting beforeIllnnting
planting remove the cover and spreai spreaithe spread spreadthe
the tubers out eo they are fully ex exposed exposed
posed to the light not the direct rays rayiof raysof
of the sun Cut the tubers about aboutwo abouttwo
two days dn s before planting and place placithem placethem
them in a dry d1 place so as to allow t tformation a afOlluation
formation of callus before planting plantingMediumsize plantingIediumsize
Mediumsize tubers are more desirabhthan desirable desirablethan
than large ones Sprinkling slakei slakeilime slakCJlime
lime over the moist cut surface of th thtuber the thetuber <
tuber is i an excellent practice Re Remove Remove
move at once all tubers showing the theleast thelenst
least sign of rot I am of the opinion opiniorthat opinionthat
that you would lose most of your youiseed yourseed
seed if you watered it in the bed bedF bedF
F M I Rolfs RolfsFlorida Holfs1Ioridn
Florida Exp Station StationThe StntionThe
The Biggest Squash SquashDid SquashDid
Did you ever see a two or thri thrilundred three threehundred
hundred pound squash Probably not notand no nomd
md if you have seen one you ou neve neveaised neerrnisetl
aised one AVouid ould you like to do so sof soIf
If f so try the method described in ai aiirticle an anarticle
article from the Country Gentleman GentlemanIt
It is considerable trouble and care caret careit
it t Is not likely to be profitable except excepin exceptin
in n fame fameTo
To William Wamock of Goderich GoderichDnt GoderlchOnt
Ont must be given credit for raising raisinghe raisingthe
the he largest squash ever grown This Thistiant Thisginnt
tiant weighed 403 pounds and wasliown was wnshown
liown at St Louis Some years ago agoivheii agowhen
when Mr 11 Warnock succeeded in rais raisng raising
ing ng a squash that weighed 313 pounds poundsie
he ie felt pleased to think his vegetable vegetableweighed egetnbleweighed
weighed more than the biggest man mann manin
in n Goderich but later he tried to do dosetter dobetter
setter and at the worlds fair in Chi Chicago Chicago ¬
cago showed a squash that weighed weighed3G5
3G5 05 pounds In 1808 he beat his own ownecord ownreconI
ecord again raising a squash that thatveighed thatweighed
weighed 3884 pounds Now his latest latestiuecess latestsuccess
success beats this record by 14 14lounds BY BYpounlls
lounds and It took a case fortyone fortyonenches fortyoneinches
inches across to carry it to St Louis LouisThe LouisThe
The secret of growing it as told by byIr byIr
> Ir Warnock to the writer is also alsoiven alsog
g iven en In brief it appears that the theand theInnd
and is in good condition having been beenicavily heenheniI
heniI icavily manured each year ear MrWar MrWarlock 11 1nr 1nrnock
lock prepares a mixture of two good goodvheelbarrows goodwheelbarrows
wheelbarrows of hen manure and andour anllfour
four our barrows of good soil April 1 and andnixes andmixes
nixes it again April 15 The 1st of ofilay ofIIlY
ilay he adds four barrows of rotted rottednanure rottedmanure
manure and mixes thoroughly About Aboutilay AboutIa
ilay Ia 18 he digs out a space of ground groundeven groundseven
even feet in diameter and foiteen foiteennches fo teen teeninches
inches deep fills it in with the tb oom oomost om ompost
post > ost and some good soil and finishes finisheshe finishesthe
the he hill off ten feet in diameter and andix andsix
six ix inches high in the center After AfterWanting Afterplanting
Wanting he works the ground well wellill welltill
till ill the plants begin to run When the
plants are about three feet long lie liemulches hemulches
mulches the ground all over for a aspace nslnce
space of twenty feet in diameter diameteraround din meter meteraround 0 0Inlll
around each hill with horse manure manurelaid
laid on three inches deep Staking the thevines theines
vines down with sticks to keen cep the thewind thlwlnll
wind from rolling rollin them about so that thatthey thatthey
they may mn root at every joint It is of ofTreat ofTeat
Treat advantage to keep k ep the vine from fromfruiting fromfnlltin
fruiting as Ions lon as possible by pruning pruningall
all fruit bloom off until about the last lastweek lastweek
week in July JulyMr JulyIr
Mr Ir Warnock practice < l fertilizing a afew afew
few of the first blooms that rome be believing he1iCin ¬
lieving 1iCin that it gives extra vigor ior to tho thogrowth tlwTowth
growth of fruit to be well pollenized pollenizedAVlcn pollenlzedhen
AVlcn hen the first fi t perfect specimens sllt > Cimens have haveset hnet
set t well wellsllY sny four or five inches in di diameter r11Ilmeterhe ¬
ameter Ilmeterhe he cuts off nil other fruit and andblossoms nIllIhlossoms
blossoms and nips the ends off the thevines theines
vines and all bloom that shows twice twicea
a week While Idle the growth of squash squashis
is going on liquid manure is used twice twicea
a week along lIon three or four of the prin principal principal ¬
cipal vines Ines of each hill six pailfuls pailfulsto
to the hill if it is in dry time Great Greatcare Greatcare
care must be taken to give plenty of ofwater ofwater
water Mr 11 Warnock ridicules the thetales thetales
tales of feeding squash and pumpkin pumpkinby
by injecting milk or other stuff into intothe intothe
the vine ine He says he did practice practicesome llractlcesome
some methods along tills thl line but is isnow ii iinow >
now satisfied that the only OI Y thing that thatwill thatwill
will increase the size of the fruit fruitcomes fnlitcomes
comes out of the vine Ine and the vine vinemust vInemust
must get its support from the natural naturalroots nnturalroots
roots
Peaches in Florida FloridaA
A contributor to The Wauchula Ad Adcoca Adocate
coca ocate te recommends the Persian Persianstrains Persianstrains
strains of peaches for planting in inSouth inSouth
South Florida We are not going to tolispute toliSll11te
lispute his statements nor say that thathese thatthese
these peaches will not do in this thi state statet
It t is an old saying sa ing that There are arexceptions areexcelltions
xceptions to all rules There may maye mnyhe
South Florida where whereIiese wberethese
he > e a location in
these varieties will thrive But we welertaiiily wecertlilll
lertaiiily advise caution in setting settinguch setting8uch
uch tree The universal experience experiencef
of > f practical peach growers in this thisitate thisstate
state has been that peaches of the thePersian thePerslnn
Persian strains were not profitable profitablen
in n Florida The trees will grow well welltnough wellenough
enough hut do not bear fruit enough enougho
to o be satisfactory satisfactoryThere satisfactoryThere
There is an idea abroad that the theersian thePersian
Persian type t pe of peach will not do dorell dowell
well in Florida Such statements are aretiade nremlllie
tiade in the papers and in the cata cataogues cntalogues
ogues of nurserymen Not many manyears mnnyears
ears ago a statement went the rounds roundsif
of if the Florida press that peaches of ofny ofan
an ny kind would not do well in Florida Floridas
as s far south as this latitude and that thatt thatit
it t is useless to plant here any kind kindf kindof
of > f peach except the Chinese ChillC > 3e type typeAll typeAll
All over the country are living monu monuicnts monuments
icnts to the error of such statements statementsarge stntementsLarge
Large > arge trees fifteen to twenty twent years enrs of ofiany ofage
age witb iar e trunks amI iany feet feetif feetof
of if spread of limb are to be seen and andhese nndthese
these trees loaded in season with as asnany nsmnny
nany fine peaches as you ou would wish wisho wishto
to o see On some of those trees I find findhe findthe
he same variety of peaches that was washe wasthe
the he choice nnd pride of the orchard In Inay Inmy
ay boyhood home in the t e far north

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