This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It is a matter of surprise that those who live in cities do not turn their attention to the culture of a few peach trees oftener than they do. "We know of no kind that deserves so well the appellation of a city fruit, as the peach. "We are moved to these remarks by the following, from Mr. Lorin Bloclgett, who has already done so much to make known the pleasure city people may enjoy by peach culture in small places :
Philadelphia, Oct. 17, 1879.
" I picked the last basket of peaches this morning, leaving my peach forest of thirty trees as green as it was in August, yet having yielded the heaviest crop I have yet grown, - sixty bushels at least, - and giving us more than we could use constantly since August 15, over two months. The protracted heat of every day since Oct. 1st, has injured the rich yellow clings of this month; but I send you three or four of each of the two latter. The best were taken two weeks ago from a tree thirty feet high, on the top of which were peaches weighing six to seven ounces. I picked a few with a sack on the end of a pole, - myself on a fourteen foot ladder, - and sent them as a greeting to Hon. W. Puleston, M. P., and sample of American fruit growing. Of the ten full successive crops of my older trees, the only difference has been to make the last crop the largest and best, and of a half dozen new seedlings bearing fruit this year I find all good, though none superior to the larger trees. I believe in breeding peaches as much as I do in breeding Durham cattle or Merino sheep, and having followed it faithfully now for more than forty years, or since 1838, and always with at least reasonable success, I beg to recommend it to others; particularly in this marvelously rich and prolific climate.
Select stones of the best peaches and fruit them in groups, selecting the best, and planting again as often as possible. And feed your peach trees as you would fine cattle, or fine horses".