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.
A correspondent, writing from Indianapolis, gives us his latest experience with the Curculio. The means employed indicate an ingenious and practical mind, ever ready to appropriate the simplest appliances to a useful purpose. That lime is distasteful to the curculio, we know very well, as it is also to many other insects. Those who are fond of "trying all things" will of course give this a trial. The lime may drive the cur-culio away, but will not kill it, which should be our chief aim. The "jarring" system, in this respect, has a special claim to attention, as the curculio is killed, and the evil is lessened both to the individual and the community at large. In this connection, we would again recommend the formation of insect clubs in every community where fruit is grown. But to return to our correspondent. He writes as follows:
"I saved the crop of two valuable plum trees this year, with lime, applied as follows: I took a child's toy drum, (I did not take it from the child, though,) costing twenty-five cents; punched small holes in the ends, and bored gimblet holes through the wooden portion. Fine air-slacked lime was then introduced through a hole in the side; the drum was fixed on the end of a light pole twelve feet long, which was passed through the hole aforesaid, and a corresponding hole on the opposite side.
"I sprinkled the trees liberally with this, two or three times a week, much to the disgust of the curculio, which was literally drummed out of the garden. If fine wire-cloth was substituted for parchment on the heads of the drum, the 'mer-sheen' would be nearly perfect. No patent on this; it is a free gift to the country. I have saved plums by syringing with whale oil soap suds, but consider the lime quite as effectual and less troublesome, with the additional advantage that you can see exactly what portion of the leaves and fruit have been reached by the operation.*' He then adds :
"By the way, in your September 'green back,' which has just been thankfully received, you say that Mr. Mottier 'does not use brandy and sugar,' or words to that effect. Perhaps you mean that he does not use them in making wine. Let us have the facts".
Well, we "rather" think you've got us there, and we own up "handsomely." If we were not at the moment very ill, we should ask you to come on and take a "little." As it is, wo send you "greeting." We of course meant that Mr. Mot-tier puts neither sugar nor brandy in his wine; we leave you to guess where else he may put it. We know, however, that Mr. Mottier makes a capital brandy, which is very good with a little sugar in it - for medicine. Again he says:
"If you print this, please do not attach my name to it, or Mr. Mottier might send me a box of his ' Catawba,' and it does not agree with me".
You ought to have it, any how, after that, and we hope you'll get it Mr. Mottier can consign the box to us, however, and we'll keep it for you - as long as it lasts. In conclusion he says, as we think, very appreciatively:
Thank you. We have them all under way now, as you will perceive by the present number.