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Not DIFFICULT.-The novice should not Giyen an equilateral triangle, A B C, to allow himself to be dazed by the multi. find its altitude. plicity of geometrical figures which I have given in explaining the nomenclature of the system. It does not require a surveyor to stake off the orchard ground in Septuple form. On the contrary, when you
B once grasp the theory you will find it as
D easy as any other system. SEPTUPLE ILLUSTRATED.-To give an oc
FIG. 19-AN EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE TO
FIND ITS ALTITUDE. cular demonstration of an orchard planted
Drop a perpendicular from the apex C by this system, I present a diagram after upon the base A B. Then A D C is a the manner of those in preceding chap
rightangle triangle. The dimension of ters:
the side A C is known. The dimension of A D is one-half of A B. We wish to ascertain the dimension CD. The formula is:
300—1773 (nearly), or 17 feet 4 inches. FIG. 17-SEPTUPLE ORCHARD ILLUSTRATED,
ANSWER.-If A C is twenty feet and AD METHOD OF STAKING.–The staking is ten feet, then the distance from C to D is done in substantially the same way as de- seventeen feet and four inches. scribed in the Quincunx planting. Run
The orchard being staked on the Septutwo check-rows of stakes along opposite ple system, with the trees twenty feet sides of the orchard, and, in using the apart, the stakes in the check-rows should chain, alternate the check-tags as previ- be seventeen feet and four inches apart. ously described. By shifting the chain
Having slaked the check-rows the reback and forth the trees are brought alter- quired distance, proceed to stretch the nately opposite (Fig. 11).
chain and set the stakes exactly as deKEY TO THE SEPTUPLE SYSTEM.-It is scribed in Quincunx planting. Rememin setting the stakes in the check-rows that ber the injunction there given to pull out the difference between this and all other alternate stakes in the check-rows when systems occurs. This must be explained you are through with them. (See Fig. 12.) at length. In Fig. 18 it is plainly obsery- DISTANCE FOR CHECK-Rows.-For conable that the trees in opposite rows ar- venience of reference, I append a table, range themselves in triangles.
showing the distances at which the checkC
stakes should be set for various spaces: 10 feet apart..
8 feet 8 inches. A B
66 4 2-5 14
12 7 " *FIG. 18—TRIANGULAR ARRANGEMENT.
15 7 It has been explained that the trees are
17 4 equal distances apart each way, and hence
18 A B C is an equilateral triangle. Now, we 22
19 78 have the simple geometrical problem:- 24
BALLING.–This is undoubtedly the best BROKEN BALLS.-If by any mischance method, though the most laborious and the dirt is crumbled within the sack the expensive. Trees that are carefully ballod wrappings should be removed entirely and well planted seldom lose their leaves, upon planting the tree. and, with the next succeeding period of CONDITION OF THE SOIL FOR BALLING.growth, are almost sure to make a start. From the description given of the process The operation of balling is thus per- of balling, it must be evident to the reaformed:
der that the soil should have a good degree A trench fourteen to sixteen inches deep of coherence to allow so much handling. is dug along one side of the nursery row A clayish sandy soil is best for balling. cutting the earth about six inches from But the most favorable soil even, must be the stalks. Then the digger takes a sharp- taken at just the proper time to make the edged spade, and by carefully working operation successful. About the third or under from the bottom of the trench ex- fourth day after a rain or an irrigation is a poses the tap root. This he severs by a safe time to begin sacking. well directed blow or two. Next, vertical WHEN SACKING IS NOT DESIRABLE-It cuts are made in the soil on each side of is not best to sack trees if they are taken the tree transversely with the trench, and from a stiff clay soil, or any soil, in fact, a block of earth about a foot each way is that is likely to bake hard. If the balls of formed. This block is carefully shaved earth become thus set they enclose the off and rounded. Lastly, the spade is in- roots like a mold of plaster of Paris, and serted in the side opposite the trench, and the tree cannot thrive. the ball is loosened from the contiguous
PUDDLING.-In this method of transground. A little more shaving makes it planting, the trench is first excavated symmetrical all round. The ball thus and the tap roots cut as previously deformed should be grasped with both scribed. No effort is made, however, to hands, and the tree lifted froin its place preserve the earth intact about the roots. and set upon the half of a grain bag The tree being loosened, it is left standing already provided and spread upon the
in the trench with a shovelfull of dirt upon ground close by. It generally happens the roots to keep them from drying. A that the end of the tap root projects an
puddle is formed at some convenient point inch or two below the ball of earth. Ac- by mixing loam and clay to the consistcordingly a little slit is made in the middle ancy of thick cream. A sufficient number of the grain bag, through which the end of trees having been dug, they are gathof root protrudes. The edges of the bag ered up, a few at a time, and the roots of are then drawn up tightly about the ball, each immersed in the puddle. They are and fastened by winding with bailing rope
thus encased with a film of soil which or stitched with stout twine. If the ball protects them from the drying action of is tied, the rope is first wound about it the air. As an additional precaution, the vertically with a hitch around the stock at roots are parked in damp straw for transit. the top and another about the tap root at For shipment long distances, a number of the bottom to hold the wrap in place. Two trees may be bunched together and their vertical wraps are made, crossing each
roots packed with damp straw in a barrel. other at right angles, top and bottom, and The stocks and tops are generally wrapped a third turn is made about the ball hori. with burlap, rushes or other material as a zontally, describing an equator about the
means of protection. The only objection two former meridians. The whole being I have ever heard urged against puddling made snug and tight so that the enclosed trees is that the film of earth is sometimes earth cannot shake loose from the roots, set so firmly upon the small roots that it the balling is complete. Balled trees
chokes them, after the manner of the should be handled very carefully, and not baked or hardened ball already alluded to.
PACKING IN DAMP STRAW.-With this transported long distances in a lumber wagon if a spring wagon is to be had for method the tree is prepared in the same the purpose.
manner as just described, except that the puddling operation is omitted. I have
transplanted trees by this method as well in transplanting orange trees is to avoid as by puddling and balling, and I find that the contact of air with the roots. If the the damp straw alone answers every re- roots be thoroughly dried, the vitality of quirement.
the tree is lost. The principal precaution to be observed
PLANTING AN ORCHARD. DIGGING THÉ HOLES.—The stakes for lines, as a little variation in the angle will the orchard having been set as described make no difference in determining the in a preceding chapter, the next operation middle point; but it is essential that the is digging the holes.
board be placed on the same side of the SIZE OF HOLES.-If the ground has been stakes each time. For example, if it is properly prepared, there is no necessity on the south side of the stake when the for digging the hole larger than requi- pins at the extremities are stuck, then it site for admitting the roots of the tree. should be adjusted to these pins exactly in If the trees are balled, a hole large enough the same manner when the tree is set and to receive the ball is sufficient; if not the board be on the south side of the tree. balled, make it large enough to admit the To avoid confusion it is best to follow one roots in a natural position, i. e. without rule throughout the orchard, placing the doubling on themselves. For the aver- board always on the same side of the age three or four-year-old stock a hole stakes. eighteen to twenty inches across and the THROWING THE DIRT.-In digging the same depth is ample.
holes it is best to throw the dirt clear of THE PLANTING BOARD.-A device in the pegs so that it shall not interfere with almost universal use for fixing the point the replacing of the board. In localities where the tree should stand is known as where the surface earth is richer than the the planting board.
subsoil, painstaking planters throw the top earth in a pile by itself so that it can be first returned to the hole, about the
roots, and the poorer soil filled in at the FIG. 20—THE PLANTING BOARD.
top. It is a light strip about five feet long, PLANTING.–Two men work together with a notch (A) cut in the middle, and to the greatest advantage in planting-one potches B and C at the extremities, as
to place the board and hold the tree, and shown in the figure.
the other to shovel in the earth. The MANNER OF USING THE BOARD.—When operation is thus very quickly performed, about to dig the hole place the board on If the trees are sacked, the balls are placed the ground so that the central notch A in the holes without disturbing the wrapshall fit against the stake. Stick pins at ping, which will shortly rot away and notches B and C. The board may now be offer no impediment to the growing roots. removed and the original stake at A pulled If not sacked do not take them from their up and the hole dug in its place. When packing of straw until ready to plant planting the tree, the exact place where it each in turn. Then handle with as much should stand is fixed by replacing the celerity as possible without slighting the board so that the notches B and C fit upon work. The lateral roots should be caretheir respective pegs, and the tree stan- fully arranged in the hole so that they lie ing in the hole, is held upright at the in a natural position, none being doubled notch A.
up or crossed. It is not necessary that the board be LACERATED Roots. If the tap root or always laid on a parallel with the orchard laterals are lacerated, cut away the injured