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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Two Acres which Produce on an Average Three Tons Yearly of the Finest Strawberries Raised in the Colony

Two Acres which Produce on an Average Three Tons Yearly of the Finest Strawberries Raised in the Colony,

and that with very little cultivation, the grand secret being an irrigation supply. The cherries, I understand, from most of the growers are hard to keep, owing to the bird nuisance, they being as destructive here as elsewhere. Nevertheless they page 14 market a quantity, and quality not to be surpassed. Means can be adopted to prevent the depredation of the birds, where fruit is grown for profit, by wire netting in all the trees. The apple I found to be the most neglected fruit of any, owing as doubt to the prevalency of the American blight, Codlin moth, and scale, and as there has been no attempt to combat these pests on scientific lines, little wonder that they have got the mastery; but thanks to the Government for taking up the subject and appointing nomologists. It is to be hoped that Mr. Blackmore will be equal to the occasion, and show the orchardists of Alexandra and surrounding districts how to eradicate those insect pests.

The diversity of soil and situation with irrigation affords abundant opportunity for the growth of all the different varieties of fruits enumerated, and from what I have seen I can unhesitatingly say that these districts can supply first class fruit, and I believe fruitgrowing will fast become an important interest in these districts daring the next ten years, and with