This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Mr. W. N. White writes from Augusta, Georgia, that he has succeeded this season in conquering the great enemy of the plum. He says: " Forces employed against him - one man, one little girl, three two months' pigs, sixteen Brahma fowls, and two Muscovy ducks. Implements, a mallet and tin bucket. Modus operandi: the nectarine trees being the most dangerous point, were fortified by keeping the troughs for watering the fowls, etc, underneath them. The trees were briskly shaken every morning - jarring the large ones with a mallet. Under the bearing trees, the corn for the fowls, etc, was scattered directly after they were shaken. At night, all the fruit not consumed was picked up carefully by the little girl and boiled and fed to the cow. Result: though plenty of fruit was visible the first few days, the enemy seems to have retreated. Plums are beginning to ripen, so the crop may be regarded as secure. Some twenty-eight sorts of plums, and two nectarines are full of fruit, which will yield probably ten bushels at least; had the trees been large enough, they would have yielded three times as much with no more trouble; half an hour a day will more than do the work in an orchard that would yield fifty bushels of fruit; except the packing up, which is a trifle".