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.
The Ohio peach growers have a bad time with their peach orchards. In 1869 and 1874 they were ruined by abundance. In 70, 73, and 75 they were ruined by scarcity. So far as abundance is concerned, it ought to be an easy matter to regulate it. Mr. Bateham says full crops exhaust the tree. Why not thin out the fruit? Peach growers generally co-operate in various things. As soon as it is known that a large crop is set, why cannot co-operation reduce the crop to mature by one-half? The trees will be benefited, the fruit will be increased in size and flavor, the prices for fine fruit will be double that of poor fruit, and, better than all, the ruinous abundance would be prevented.