Friday, June 26, 2009

Preventive of the Curculio

Mr. A. C. Hubbard, of Detroit, published in the Michigan Farmer a statement that common elder bushes tied to the branches of [a] plum tree had prevented the operation of the curculio for three years in a garden he recently visited. His friend had been upon the place five years. The first two years he tried to save his fruits by shaking the insects upon cloth, with put poor success. And old Frenchman told him to put elder bushes in his trees. He has done so for three years with the success – a full crop of perfect fruit. The bushes were put into the trees every few days from the time the fruit was set until full grown.

– Published in The Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio, Thursday Morning, April 24, 1862

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