The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: From London to Sheffield in the Spring of 1839

Chatsworth Fruit

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All the greengage plums are brought together on the wall, and all the Flemish pears, &c. These arrangements are for the purpose of simplifying the management, and this is carried so far, that even the number of bunches of grapes that each vine is to bear, or dozens of fruit that are to be allowed to remain on each wall tree after thinning, are predetermined by Mr. Paxton the preceding autumn or winter, according to the strength of the tree and the ripeness of the wood; and instructions are given accordingly to the foremen of that department. A certain number of currant and gooseberry bushes are trained with single stems of 3 ft. or 4 ft. in height, in open airy parts of the garden, in order to raise the fruit from the ground, and allow the sun and air to be freely admitted to it, and to render it more easily preserved by matting during autumn.