I would be remembered what a benefit riseth, not onely to every particular owner of an Orchard, but also to the common wealth, by fruit, as shall be shewed in the 16. chapter (God willing) whereupon must needs follow: the greater the Orchard is (being good and well kept) the better it is, for of good things, being equally good, the biggest is the best. And if it shall appeare, that no ground a man occupieth (no, not the Corne-field) yeeldeth more gaine to the purse, and house-keeping (not to speake of the unspeakable pleasure) quantity for quantity, than a good Orchard (besides the cost in planting, and dressing an Orchard, is not so much by farre, as the labour and feeding of your Corne-fields, nor for durance of time, comparable, besides the certainty of the one before the other) I see not how any labour, or cost in this kind, can be idly or wastefully bestowed, or thought too much. And what other thing is a Wineyard (in those countries where Wines doe thrive) than a large Orchard of trees bearing fruit? Or what difference is there in the juice of the Grape, and our Ryder and Perry, but the goodnesse of the Soile and clime where they grow? which maketh the one more ripe, and so more pleasant then the other.

Whatsoever can be said for the benefit rising from an Orchard, that makes for the largenesse of the Orchards bounds. And (me thinks) they doe preposterously, that bestow more cost and labours, and more ground in and upon a Garden than upon an Orchard, whence they reape and may reape doth more pleasure and more profit, by infinite degrees. And further, that a Garden neuer so fresh, and faire, and well kept, cannot continue without both renewing of the earth, and the herbs often, in the short and ordinary age of a man: whereas your Orchard well kept shall dure divers hundred peercs, as shall be shewed chapter 14. In a large Orchard there is much labour saued, in fencing, and otherwise: for three little Orchards, or few trees, being (in a manner) all out sides, are so blasted and dangered, and com-monly in keeping neglected, and require a great fence; whereas in great Orchards, trees are a mutuall defence one to another, and the keeping is regarded, and lesse fencing serves six acres together, than three in seuetall inclosures.


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