This section is from the book "The Gardener V2", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Some years ago I tried the spur system in cultivating the Peach, not thinking that I would get better fruit from the spurs than from the long-rod system, but thinking that I might reduce the labour to a common or every-day affair; so that I could call a handy man off the vegetable quarters at any time, and with the shorter amount of practice be able to teach him the short-spur system, and to be able to understand and attend to the system, when required, by the simple mode of pinching.
In the first place, I regulated some pretty well-trained trees for my experiment; and, in short, as to fruitfulness, the adopted system worked very well, as the fruit set in clusters, and did very well for every-day fruit. Upon the whole, the system only lacked two things - and rather important ones too - first, size to command a good price in market; and, secondly, the short-spur system never gave me any silver or silver-gilt medals, - therefore I let the trees have their fling out again on the extension system.
But since then I have again altered my system a little, chiefly to prevent the trees getting overcrowded with foliage, and the modus operandi is simply this: the shoot that is being guided away from the heel of the then bearing wood at disbudding time, when it attains to about 9 or 10 inches long or thereabouts, according to its situation amongst its neighbours, is constantly stopped one or two eyes above the previous stopping throughout the growing season; and when well ripened, the buds will be well up, and with plenty of double ones, too, that will flower (if I may use the expression) from stem to stern; and if the root-action is all right, I will vouch for a good set of fruit, with fair temperatures, and equally as good fruit as grown upon the long-rod system if properly thinned. J. Miller. Worksop Manor.