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A Recipe for Destroying Scale Insects.

A travelling correspondent of the N.Z. " Herald," writing from Nelson, says : — In talking with Mr H. Batt, one of the local fruit growers, on the all absorbing subject of orchard pests, he told me of a recipe that he had used with great success for the destruction of the scale insects and for keeping in check the codlin moth. He applies it to all sorts of trees—apples, plums, apricots, etc., with equal success. The following is the recipe :—For winter or early spring application, before the leaves come out, take of unslaked lime, 101b; of sulphur, 51b; add enough water to mix, and then put the whole into an iron pot j put it on the fire, and let it come to a boil, and then boil for half-an-hour, keeping it stirred. When boiled place in a 30 gallon cask, and fill up with water ;' stir well, after which it is ready for use, and should then be applied to the trees with a garden syringe. For summer use the solution is made in the same way, only that 2£lb of sulphur | is used to the 101b of lime instead of 51b. The use of this application has completely cleared Mr Batt's orchard of all varieties of scale insects, and he also states that the application of the weaker solution at intervals during the spring and summer tends greatly to keep the codlin moth in check.

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A Recipe for Destroying Scale Insects., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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A Recipe for Destroying Scale Insects. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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