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.
I wish to write to the public through your progressive Monthly, how we cheated the little Turk out of some Purple Favorite Plums, this year, by casting air-slaked lime over the tree nearly every morning for six weeks; the consequence is, we have quite a quantity from two trees, which we never had before. Another idea may prove of benefit; no rotten plums, as heretofore.
[The plums were well earned. The easiest plan we know to get plums is to put a fence round the Plum orchard, and keep fowls therein. Throw grain or other very small feed under the trees, and let them scratch away for dear life and the chance is there will be cheap plums. - Ed. G. M.]