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.
A correspondent from South-eastern Tennessee confirms our remark in regard to the rareness of true "natural" stones in market,-and says that though three-fourths of the peach trees of that section are seedlings, there is no trade in the stones. Some are dried, but for the most part hogs are turned into the orchards, and " Sambo with a long pole beats off the fruit, while piggie picks it up." He thinks it strange they should still plant these things, fine grafted fruit, bringing two dollars and a half a bushel, while the " natural " bring only from fifty to seventy-five cents, - and all within a few days of the appearance of each in market. We should be glad to know from our correspondent if these seedlings have always very email seed, all of an uniform size, - or whether there are large and small ones, - various sizes - as we should suppose. We should suppose that those who intended to depend on seedlings, would at least save from the largest and best, and these would give stones of a fair average size.
What we have seen as "naturals" were of small size, and we are almost sure were early York or small fruited peaches of some kind.