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ORCHARD AND GARDEN [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

ORCHARD AND GARDEN SET OUT TREES . THE time has come to remind all concerned of this duly . The reasons urging attention to it have been so often stated that we shall not do it now . We have always found the spring the best time to do it ; and although we have transplanted a great many of different kinds , we have seldom failed to make them live . We noticed last season that a great number of very large trees were put out , in this city , a great proportion of which died ; and that since , tho p laces of some of them have been supplied by much smaller ones—their owners concluding , we suppose , that larga trees are not very apt to live , when transplanted . Seeing so many of them die , we had the curiosity to examine tho manner in which they had been set . A good many not less than 30 feet in height , with a body six or eig ht inches in diameter , with scarcely a limb cut from the top when dug up , we found to have—what quantity of roots do you suppose ? The whole would not measure ...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
GARDENING . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

GARDENING . ( From the Transactions of Sugar Grove ( Kane Co . ) Institute ) BY JOHN MORRIS . THE first thing to be taken into consideration , to ensure a good degree of success , is the proper construction and management of the seed beds ; a failure in the first effort to obtain a crop , is , almost always attended with a partial failure at least , of the second or third . A seed bed should , in the first place , be located in a door-yard pathway , or some p lace where the ground is trodden , and frequented during the growth of the plants . The bed should be made in shape , not to exceed two feet in width , and as long as may be required ; also be raised six or eight inches by perpendicular board edging . Previous to putting in the earth , let it be thrown in a pile , and a fire made thereon , sufficiently hot to destroy all insects , or germs of weeds that may be in it ; place the earth so prepared in the frame of the seed bed , and as soon as it is sufficiently cooled , sow in th...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
SPIRIT OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRESS [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

SPIRIT OF THE AGRICULTURAL PRESS THE following graphic sketch of a certain class of people , who pass under the genus Farmer , we find in the Farmers Cabinet for February . We hope they will stay where they are , and as contentment seems to be one of their prominent virtues , we presume they will . In the mean time , as something can be learned by contrast , we give a part of their picture : A few weeks ago , a friend of ours was about to take a journey on business , and as he would remain some time in a certain district where we had no subscribers , he cor . cluded , as well as ourselves , that he mig ht collect a few to add to our list . In a letter from him , dated , Jan . 7 th , 1844 , he says , I have lately taken a ride of twelve miles from this city , and returned by a different road . I saw but one bulling that could be construed into an apology for a barn . How do you manage without barns , said I to one of the best farmers I met with . Oh , said he , we have no use for bar...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
J' .- » >» 'l . SILK GROWING . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

J .- » >» l . SILK GROWING . BT L . nOIJBINS , JR . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : I observed in the first No . of the present volume of the Prairie Farmer , that you solicit communications on the subject of silk culture , which reminds me of my former intentions of sending you the result of my experiments the three last seasons . In 1841 , 1 recived silk worm eggs from the East , that produced about 500 silk worms , which were fed on the leaves of the white Italian mulberry . They commenced winding in about 27 days , and produced between 450 and 500 beautiful , firm , and heavy cocoons ; and by measurement , I found that less than two thousand of the same sized cocoons would measure more than one bushel . 1 produced eggs from most of the cocoons , and in two or three weeks from the time they were deposited , tho eggs of two moths hatched about 500 worms , which were fed as above , and spun firm and good cocoons , but not quite as large as the first crop ; most of...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
HOUSEHOLD AFFAIRS [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

HOUSEHOLD AFFAIRS CHURNING MACHINE . ( Fig . 13 . ) BY JAS . M . THOMAS . A , fly-wheel , may be made of oak plank or any heavy timber . C , lever to which the churn-dash is attached . D , gearing , which may be common fanning-mill gearing . F , pitman which communicates the motion of the crank E to the lever C , which is attached to the back part of the frame G . The crank should be three inches from centre , _ so that it may perform a circle of six inches . By attaching this machine to dog or sheep power , cog wheels will be unnecessary , as the shaft of a sheep or dog powet may be fastened to the crank . The cost of this machine is $ 6 , without the churn . These machines are of my invention and construction , and are not patented . Wyoming , Stark co ., 111 ., Feb . 17 , 1844 . To HAVE A SHARP RAZOR . —The Southern Planter says take a strap of thick harness leather and fasten it over a piece of wood in the fashion of a common strop—then rub it with a piece of tin till it is smoo...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
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HOW TO SAVE A BROWNING HORSE . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

HOW TO SAVE A BROWNING HORSE . BV SOLOS UOIIINSON . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : Cruelty to any animal is a sin—and cruelty to so valuable an animal as the horse , is a sin of such magnitude as to require the severest reprehension . Now gentlemen , I put . the question to you , and through you to those who are guilty , if a man is in possession of a secret remedy for saving the life of such an animal , and fails , neglects , or refuses to communicate it to the public , is ho not . guilty of this sin ? During the last week , I had the misfortune to get a pair of horses into the Calumet river , by breaking through the ice , and thus losing one of them . Since the accident , I have been tantalized with the information communicated to me by at least half a dozen individuals , that I might have saved my horse with the greatest ease—• if I had only known how . No doubt of it . But . if thoy knew how , why in the name of benevolence did they not publish the fact to the . world lo...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
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HOTTING HEMP . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

HOTTING HEMP . THE following article on the above named subject , published in the Louisville Journal , appears to us entirely rational and feasible ; and if so , must somewhat diminish the expense of fitting hemp for market : When hemp is cut it should , if possible , be put up without receiving any rain , and be kept dry , and in as good condition as careful farmers keep their hay . If we desire a good article we must handle it well from the beginning . Hemp should always be water-rotted , and it should be dried in the shade . This will tend to make it soft , fair , and of beautiful texture . I have no doubt but the ordinary way of water-rotting hemp is unhealthy . Fish die in the pools where it is placed , and those who handle it are often sick . By a vey simple and speedy process I would avoid this perhaps entirely . In the process I use lime , ashes , and salt , which lends to counteract that miasmatic diluvium which produces sickness , and also promote materially the process o...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
SILK CULTURE . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

SILK CULTURE . DT B . TniiEsnEi . i ,, To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : I think Zach may venture to brighten up a little . For it appears that neither Solon nor his wisdom is yet quite extinct . And my friend Gifi ord , though somewhat sweetened , means yet to raise the wind if his wind-mill answers his expectations : and I , sirs , am preparing to mount again my silken hobby , and ride full tilt against all the unbelieving race of croakers . No , no—the end of my silk operations is not yet . Since my last communication , I have done something in the business—though the intervention of other matters has prevented my doing much—having produced 215 lbs . of cocoons , and converted them into merchantable silk . The expenses of the operation were nearly met by the bounty which has been paid . I have met with but two difficulties of a discouraging kind—the loss of trees by ungenial weather or soil , and the loss of worms b y disease ; for both of which I hope to find a remed y . I ...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
JEWETT'S PATENT GARY PLOW . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

JEWETTS PATENT GARY PLOW . Early last fall , being in want of a plow , and judging by the advertisement in your paper that this kind was worthy of a trial , I procured one of Messrs . Botsford & Beers . After two hours work in scouring it , I put it into a stubble field , the soil of which is very fine , and as likely to make a plow clog as perhaps any prairie land in Illinois . It worked to perfection : at the end of the second day it was polished all over the share and mold-board , as bright as it is possible to conceive of iron being polished . It turns the furrow completely over—as exactl y bottom side tip as you could do it with a shovel—leaving the ground even and mellow , and covering all tho stubble . After my experience with this p low I was much surprised that it did not take the Society s . first premium . Certain I am that I want no better plow ; nor do I believe a belter one can be made at the same cost . Barrington , Cook co ., March , 1844 . JIT WM . n . F...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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PLASTER ON CLOVER-SEED CORN . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

PLASTER ON CLOVER-SEED CORN . BY HORACE MILLER . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : I now comply with your request in giving to your readers the result of my experiment with plaster on our prairie soil . ( You are aware that my return from the Empire State , where I procured my plaster , was too late in the season to give it a fair trial . However , I applied it in the last days of June , on corn , oats , potatoes , vines of several varieties , and last , though not least , on clover . I watched with deep solicitude the result on the several crops , but could not , with all my predilections in its favor , discover any difference between the crops on which it had been applied , ( clover excepted , ) and those adjoining on which none had been applied . On clover , my highest desires and expectations were fully realized . Notwithstanding the growing crop on which it was sown had nearly matured , and an excessive drouth immediately succeeded the sowing , yet in a short time its effe...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
ENEMIES OF THE WHEAT CROP . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

ENEMIES OF THE WHEAT CROP . THE immense amount of capital invested in the wheat ¦ crop , and the universal dependence of mankind upon it for ibread , render everything relating to its prosperity a matter of extreme interest . The new States of Indiana , Illinois , Michigan , Missouri , and the Territories of Iowa and Wisiconsin , produced in 1842 , according to the estimate of Mr . Ellsworth , no less than 20 , 454 , 450 bushels , or more than one fifth of the whole crop of the United States . The • yield of 1843 , had there been no failure , would have ex- ¦ ceeded this by several millions of bushels at the least . Every enemy then of the wheat crop , is an enemy to our . prosperity , whose importance is measured by its power to do evil ; and against no other production is such disastrous war waged by so many and such subtle adversaries as the crop in question . The character and habits of these adversaries should be understood , that the means may , if possible , be understood of ...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
THE PRAIRIE FARMER [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

THE PRAIRIE FARMER APRIL , 1844 OFFICERS OF THE UNION AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY UNION IS STRENGTH . LEWIS ELLSWORTH , of Du Page Co . President . SKTII WASHIKJRN , of Lake , ^ WILLIAM VAN OR , SDELL , of McIIcnry , SIIEPARD JOHNSTON , of Kane , JOSEPH VIAL , of Cook , [¦ ,,. T , ., . ,, ,. rn T ) / V lcc I rcsidonti . SAMUEL GOODRICH , of Du Page , ROBERT STRONG , of Will , JAMES MCCI . EI . LAN , of Kendall , , of La Salle , M . II . DEMMOND , of Will , Treasurer . M . L . DUNLAI , of Cook , Recording Secretary . E . W . BREWSTER , of Kane , Corresponding Secretary .

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LIVE HEDGES . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

LIVE HEDGES . BT WM . C GREEN LEAF . To the Editors of the Prairie Fanner : This is a subject which the circumstances of the western country will soon press on public attention , as was the case in England two or three centuries ago . Indeed , it is already a problem of absorbing interest , How are the vast prairies of the West to be fenced , in order to their being brought under cultivation throughout their whole extent ? to the solution of which , some of the most exalted intellects in this division of our country are giving their attention . It is perfectly obvious that there is not a sufficient amount of timber to afford material for fencing , in any of the common modes the whole of these vast meadows , even if it were equally destributed in every county and township . But it is very far from being thus distributed , some districts having a superabundance , and others being nearly or quite destitute . Yet the great fertility of the soil indicates that nearly the whole of the pra...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
LAKE ST . CROIX . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

LAKE ST . CROIX . OUR readers may have noticed now and then an article in the Prairie Farmer , dated Lake St . Croix , W . T . Perhaps few of them have looked it out upon the map ; or if they have , very little dream that any considerable settlement has been made in a region so far to the north-west . Some time since , a gentleman called at our office , who after the usual stereotypes about health , weather , & c , informed us that his residence was in the valley of the St . Croix River . We knew before that the region alluded to was situated a good way up in the middle of the North West ; and set ourself to look out on the map , its precise whereabouts . . Upon tracing up the Mississippi River , we found the St . Croix region , above Galena , at a distance requiring from 500 to 600 miles travel—say between 45 ° and 46 ° north latitude , and 15 or 16 ° longitude west of Washington . One would think that the temptation to get so far away from the busy world , would be sma...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
THE CULTURE OF FLAX . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

THE CULTURE OF FLAX . BI S . RICHARDS . FLAX being a very useful article , and many farmers being unacquainted with its culture and management , it may be useful to some of ths readers of the Prairie Farmer , to g ive a short sketch of the result of 20 years experience in raising it . Prepare the ground as early in the spring as it is dry enough to be worked , by plowing and harrowing , until it is mellow and smooth . Sow the seed on a calm day at the rate of li bushels per acre , and harrow in lightly with a light harrow . Level , moist , rich land , should be selecten ; manured land or a cow yard is the best . Care should be taken to have the ground and seed free from any foul seed . When the bowls that contain the seed are grown , and begin to assume ( together with the stalk ) a yellowish cast , it should bo pulled and spread in swaths as even and thin as it can be done on the ground it grows on . When it has lain 5 or 6 days , if the weather is fair , take it up and tie it in b...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
ZACH HARROW'S OBITUARY , ROTATION OF CROPS , & c . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

ZACH HARROWS OBITUARY , ROTATION OF CROPS , & c . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : Being requested to continue the subject of the rotation of crops , I shall readil y accede to the request—first making a few remarks on other subjects . I fancy uncle Harrow has slighted me in not g iving me a passing notice in his obituary of other correspondents . Uncle Harrow is certainly a man of deep research , ability , and genius : all great men should have dirges sung to their manes—and as I sometimes attempt to cultivate the favor of the virtuous nine , I have sent some epitaphs , which a committee of your correspondents can decide which is the proper one : also an inscription for his tomb-stone—his age and infirmities soon rendering one necessary . To the Memory Of ZACH HARROW , born -, died- , though a farmer , a poet , a philosopher , a man of genius , and a correspondent of the Prairie Farmer . Reader , beware , and do not kick the earth—With gentle stop youll tread upon...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
ADDRESS OF N . HAWLEY ESQ . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

ADDRESS OF N . HAWLEY ESQ . Jsejore tlie Crawford County ( 111 . ) Agricultural Society , Delivered Oct . 7 , 1844 . FELLOW CITIZENS : I arise to address you with mingled feelings of pleasure and regret—pleasure to witness such an amount of interest in a cause of so much importance , but with regret that the duty of addressing you has pot been imposed upon some one better able to do the subject justice . But from a consciousness of our honesty of purpose , and your disinclination to criticise , I venture to arise as an advocate for the cause of agriculture . The occasion is one of great moment : your Society in its earliest ™ S \ B r C - UlZenS ° f Craw f ° rd , assembled at your first Sir fair - ™ n from every department in society- ^ apdmen , mechanics , merchants , and professional men , all pamepating in the festival and uniting their efforts for ^ advancement of the cause These things speak well fa because , and fully authorize us to indulge the hope ^ ha this association in it...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
CULTURE OF MILLET , RUTABAGAS , BEETS , & c . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

CULTURE OF MILLET , RUTABAGAS , BEETS , & c . B T B . SMITH . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : As it is some time since I have written anything for the Prairie Farmer I have thought of giving you the result of my experience during the past season , on the culture and value of Millet , Rutabagas , Beets , & c . Millet . I bought last spring one bushel of millet seedsowed half of it on one acre of ground , well prepared , but not manured ; the other half , on an acre of sod ground ; dragged it in well about the 10 th day of June ; the 1 st day of August , cut that on the sod ground—the seed was yet in the milk—found that I had cut too early by two weeks , but I got one and a half tons of tolerable hay , although it was badly shrunk . Had it been cut at ihe proper timel it would have no doubt yielded , at least , half a ton more of better hay . I cut the other piece about two weeks later ; the seed hail begun to shed considerably , but the stalk and blade ...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
r -OBSERVATIONS ON WHEAT SOWING , & c . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

rOBSERVATIONS ON WHEAT SOWING , & c . B . I F . H . MINER . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : I believe the great body of the farmers sow their wheat without any preparation ; although we have often been told by agricultural writers—and some of us know by experience—that lime will prevent smut , which injures the value of the wheat crop , to a great extent . Sixpence worth of good lime will secure an acre of wheat from smut ; and if farmers were fully satisfied on this point , they would pursue a belter course . A year ago last fall , I sowed a piece of winter wheat ; my limed seed fell short ; sowed two thirds of a pailful on one edge of the field , without preparation—it was very smutty—the rest was not . Last spring , fell short of lime—sowed a three acre field—half limed , the rest without—same kind of seed—dragged in the same day ; that without lime , very smutty—the rest , clean . Two years since , I observed in a field of corn some spots better than the rest ...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
Country/State of Publication: Illinois, United States
DIGGING A WELL . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 April 1844

DIGGING A WELL . To the Editors of the Prairie Farmer : I have finished several wells after the following fashion : Take pine plank , of any length , make them into staves , 6 j inches wide at the bottom , and 6 inches at the top , lj or 2 inches thick , groove each edge J or $ inches deep , and fit some wide strips in the grooves , so as to connect the staves together , as in fiig . 15 . Sink the shaft for your well 4 feet in diameter , at the top , and as deep as the earth is firm ; then put in a length of curbing , ( have 20 or 23 staves , ) and work away , under each stave separately , and drive it down with the end of a scantling . Continue to sink the staves down to water , or until the earth is likely to cave ( Fig . 15 . 1 over the top of the length ; then another length may be put upon the first , and the staves kept in their places , by having every other stave of the first length 4 or 6 inches shorter than the rest , and the bottom of the second length of staves same diam...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
Source: Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (UIUC)
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