This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Some years years ago the most beautiful pears " in the world " came to the exhibitions from the pear orchard of Dr. Boynton, of Syracuse. The trees at last failed, and went fast to destruction. Dr. B. had reason to believe that it was due to the system of ploughing and other deep cultivating practices then popular and prevalent, and gave up the surface-stirring practice. We met the doctor recently, and he reports that since that time the trees have done all that he can expect of them, and are in every way satisfactory.
The Apple Crop in Massachusetts is very heavy, and although the pear trees are loaded with fruits, the pears are not as a rule so large and fine as they were last year. The pear-blight played sad work amongst some orchards near Boston.