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Fruit Farming: Practical and Scientific for Commercial Fruit Growers and Others

Nature volume 110, page 601 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



WITHIN the limits of two hundred pages Mr. Hooper has aimed at the production of a text-book of fruit farming under English conditions. After a brief introductory section on the training of the prospective grower, he deals in succession with the capital required, the selection of suitable land, the law in relation to fruit farms and market gardens, the laying-out of plantations and orchards, and the cultural details and costings of the more important hardy fruits of this country. The later chapters are concerned largely with the more scientific aspects of the subject, such matters as soils, manuring, insect and fungoid pests, and spraying and other forms of disease-control in turn receiving attention. Also included are brief histories of many of the well-known varieties of apples, pears, plums, and cherries. The numerous interesting and economically important problems relating to pollination and fertilisation and the setting of fruit are briefly considered and the author is able here to provide data from his own investigations. The volume is completed by several sections dealing with special points of a purely commercial character, as, for example, the marketing of fruit and book-keeping.

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