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.
In answer to the article in the September number on the " Change of Character in a Fruit Tree," I will say that I most assuredly do mean that the tree in question is an Apricot and not a Peach at all. The leaves and fruit are not to be mistaken in the least degree for the Peach. I have been " brought up " on Apricots and know whereof I speak. During State Fair week we entertain many friends, and this year Dr. Warder and N. Ohmer - well known Ohio pomologists - were our visitors for a short time. Dr. Warder did not see the tree. N. Ohmer examined the tree, and said that the reason of the fruit changing to clings was undoubtedly the old age of the tree. Another gentleman present was quite as decided that it was the impoverished condition of the soil and the borers.
The top of the tree is covered with an abundance of healthy green leaves, and no dead twigs are to be seen. The last gentleman who examined it advised us to give it a good top dressing, and throw up a bank of ashes and a little salt around the trunk of the tree to get rid of the borers.
Many thanks for your kindness in telling me how to raise a young tree from the old one.