This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
On May 11th, came to hand some forced Peaches from Mr. Charles Black, Hights-town, N. J. Saunders, Amsden and Wilder, were all about the same size, about 2 1/4 ounces in weight, very much alike in general appearance, but Saunders' dark rose, Amsden lighter, and Wilder paler than the rest. There was also a Hale's, which weighed 3 1/2 ounces, approaching double the size, but the quality was much inferior to the other three. Forced peaches are, rarely of the highest excellence in eating qualities. In this case few would think highly of the Hale's, but the other three were rich and juicy, and certainly enjoyable. The Hale's is a pure freestone, and this is some advantage: the others being clings are at a disadvantage for a table fruit. They are not so completely clings as some of the late kinds, but they must be classed with cling-stone peaches. There is room yet for some one to make a fortune on a first-class early freestone peach.
Since writing the above, the following has been received: "We send you a box containing four Peaches, grown in our orchard house (formerly belonging to Isaac Pullen), one each of Hale's, Amsden, Saunders and Wilder's. The Hale's Early is forced up by girdling the branch on which it grew; all others on the same tree are very green and not over half grown. The Amsden and Saunders are just as they grew and ripened. We picked the first (Amsden) on the 30th of April. Alexander is so similar in every respect that it is impossible to detect any difference. We began to force them about January 1st, and the early peaches maintain their character of earliness full as much as out-door. The Amsden, Alexander and Saunders are fully twenty days in advance of Hale's Early. By girdling the branches below the peaches, they are forced very much both in size and time of ripening, as you will see by the specimen sent. All other Hale's in the house are small and green yet, and will take ten days or two weeks to ripen. The Saunders sent is below the average size, the Amsden a little above as grown in our house.
We send you these, thinking ripe Peaches not yet plenty, and to show the effect of our experiment of girdling upon the Hale's Early".
Forty-four Seedlings, originated by J. D. Hus-ted, Lowell, Kent Co., Michigan, from cross of Hill's Chili upon Hale's Early in 1875. They are in season between Hale's Early and Crawford's Early, and are all of good quality. The majority are either reproductions or slightly modified forms of Hill's Chili.