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♦ INSPECTION OF CHRIST CHURCH ORCHARDS. MrG. Armstrong, Mayor of Akaroa, who is intprpsted in the possibilities of Banks Peninsula becoming a wealthy fruitgrowing district, visited Cbristchurch on Tuesday last at t,he invitation of tbp Canterbury Fruit uro'if-rs* R';d in.-tw c'fd : f> )cba '■« a' fl ■- • • ■ ■ fi\ g to rnwiihi..-:- C l. . a*"tir« ■•■! P«. (!• ii 1!- %-b- ■ !' ' Si pie-ideiit <■( tbi j .' »! Papanui, aod insptcttd m i<v\erot orci'D'd In the '• firvt orchad bf nnMcul tbf- p.f;f Jrpvf»i'-Jy ft ft fro*, dis- : and rur-fbeny wneg'nwn I Rfiicint; 'tip I'retiP, and fiocn an orchard of 8 Of 9 acres r,he oivrifir hnd tbiw ypur lak ; n betweru pight and nino fcnn?-- of rsjsjibt-r-i'-a. was also no and a half acres in asparngus cotinpctrd with orchards which Hi ought in eood revenue. In another orchard visited tomatoes were grown among the trees, and a very big crop was shown, but as the market was glutted the owner was only getting Id a Ib. for his crop. The party then 1 went to Mr Biason's orchard, who is chairman of the Association, and went all through his extensive cool stores. The cool stores hold about 10,000 to 11,000 cases of fruit, and the erection of the stores and cooling plant cost j £4000. His orchard comprises about seventy acres, and his fruit casing alone costs £400 per annum. The men were engaged picking the apple 3 at tb& time of Mr Armstrong's visit, and these were being put in-cases in the cool storep and would be sorted iater. The obief apples,grown in Mr Sisaon's orchards, are Lord Wolsey, Stunner Pippin, which suit that district. Ten m*n and two carts are employed during the picking season. Mr Bissin only cultivates every three years among his trees when he ploughs and manures among the trees. v The orchardß-ebowed that th 6 trees were bearing prolific crops, and Mr Bisßon's estimate of the crop from his j whole orchard was between 12,000 and 13,000 cases. J The party then went to Mr Melon's

residence for afternoqn tea. Mr Merton ig secretary of the Association. A forward's Mr aderton's orchard wae also inspected, his. orchard being chiefly composed of Sturroer Pippin apples and aleo peacbee, with whicl; , be is experimenting. The treee look healthy l»nd well grown, but the frouble is to get Ibo fruit pet in the spring on account of late frosts. To fight the frosts he has fires going ■> flu. , ing:the night ia kerosene tins. The .next orchard vif-ifed was Mr unruA, and ibis orchard, again mostly T.nsis'ni] of Sfnrrnor Pippin applet [■]<■■ ptows thousands of trees of black ci rrants among bis apple trees. He got 53 to 7s 6d per case of 181b, and '.r-o cost of picking was 9d per ease. The orchards, of coutfg, grew tbf earlier va/irrip* nf apples also, but Lose were all RW^y. Mr Arrnpi rong ; said the iospeotioc -f the orchards was an education, and the manner in wbich they were laid I'Ut'and trees cared for wa3 reduced to a science. The orchßdists had become (-xpei-ts in the use of the mixture? 113-d for fighting pests Every littlf comer: of the orchards was utilised to ■■bo giiwtest advantage for fruit ■ U'tUt'i?. Mr A-rrKtrong states that a party of Pfcnin nit fnvfupt a will probibly •Oitiischuich Hgain on' Tuesday, Apri' 14 h, nnd it is hoped a large party will'take advantage of the lessons to be learned in fruit culture, and accept fcbe hospitality extended to them by thfl Canterbury Fruitgrowers' Associa fcion.

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CANTERBURY FRUIT INDUSTRY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4385, 7 April 1914

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CANTERBURY FRUIT INDUSTRY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4385, 7 April 1914

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