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.
D. W. Beadle, St. Catharines, Secretary. Dr. Burnett, in his annual address, believes that "the difficulties attending fruit growing are steadily on the increase." These difficulties, as we gather from the address, are chiefly " increase of insects," and the more frequent recurrence of late frosts than formerly. For the former of these, Dr. Burnett recommends "legislation," and for the latter, "fires in the orchard." The yellows in the Peach is becoming a troublesome disease in Canada. "It is spreading with fearful rapidity in Western New York." As a remedy the President proposes "good laws." The cause of the yellows he believes to come from "cold and being allowed to overbear." The increase of men and boys, also enhances the difficulties of fruit growing, from their "thievish propensities." For this however, "legislation " is not recommended, but an increased effort to make fruit growing universal. In the United States, where fruit growing is universal, Dr. Burnett finds "a better and finer feeling to prevail." Dr. Burnett's address is more than usually interesting from its originality.
He has the courage to express his own views freely; with these, people may or may not agree, but no one will read what he has to say without deriving great profit, if they are at all interested in fruit culture in the northern regions of our continent. The whole volume is full of very valuable matter to the same class of students.