This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
One would not suppose that Southern Kansas was adapted to fruit, especially the Apple, as the Winters are short and our Summers very long, we would think that Winter Apples especially would ripen before gathering and not keep, such, however, is not the facts. I saw as nice Apples at Fort, last Winter a year ago, as I ever saw in Kentucky. They were good size, high colored, fine flavored, solid, and keeping well, and when I came out here last Spring I saw as nice specimens as could be grown anywhere. They were high colored, solid and sound and very handsome. Last September I sent a box of Apples containing forty varieties from my old orchard in Kentucky to Lawrence, Kansas, to some fruit men there, and they sent me as a compliment forty varieties of Kansas Apples - some of these I was informed were plucked from trees grown in my old Kentucky nursery. I thought they were as large and as handsome specimens as I ever saw in my life. Southern Kansas, I think, produces as fine peaches as can be grown anywhere. Amsden was ripe here June 14th, and a few days ago I visited an orchard northeast of Chamute and counted fifty-five specimens on a tree, two years from bud, six feet high, one inch at the collar;-smaller tree had no specimen.
I saw what nurserymen would call a good second-class tree loaded with fair specimens of this variety.
We are having this season all kinds of fruit.. I have visited several orchards containing all kinds of fruit. Peaches hardly ever fail here.. Raspberries and Strawberries did well here. I had a good laugh at one of my neighbors here; he said Strawberries would do no good here. He then had one-tenth of an acre in plants; they commenced ripening the first of May, and he had a bountiful crop, gathering some days forty quarts. When I commenced laughing at him, well, he said, " this is the first good crop I have had in seven years." I arrived here on the 26th of February, and everything had to be shaped up, and it was late before I set my plants out, and had but little fruit this season, but enough to indicate what can be done here. The Dr. Warder especially behaved finely, and I think is one of our best market berries. Fruit of fair size, very solid, good flavor, and colors up sometime before it is ripe, giving the market man nearly a week in which to handle them; if he is crowded, can wait on him, if he lacks a few quarts to fill his crates, or wait on him to ripen, as he pleases. I have known this variety to bring treble the price of the Wilson, as they come in just as the Wilson is gone, and berries are generally scarce and high.
My Raspberry plant was cut short to save freight, and being late planted I did not expect any fruit; but they surprised me, as every variety I had produced some fruit, except Grey and a few other new varieties. The Golden Cap is the first in order, ripening here the 28th of May; is one of our best amateur berries. The Nesho Black Cap is very common here, and does very well in size and color; resembles the Doolittle, but hardly so good, I think; comes in just after the Golden Cap. The Philadelphia is doing fine here, and so is the Parnell, Kirtland, Mammoth Cluster and Thurston.. The latter is the. largest and most productive Raspberry I have ever yet seen.