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A Guide to the Raising of Vegetables for
PRESIDENT OF THE CHATHAM Co., GEORGIA, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GRowe Rs
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1888, by the
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PRINTED IN U. S. A.
THIS work is written in the hope that it may be useful to my fellow farmers who are engaged in growing vegetables for the Northern markets. The instructions given, and facts presented, are mainly such as are not to be found in the few works extant on Southern gardening, and are those resulting from a long experience. When I commenced to produce vegetables for shipment, about twenty-six years ago, there were few or none following the pursuit as an exclusive business on a large scale. The consignments at that time consisted mainly of the mere surplus crops of the local market gardeners. The business has gradually developed to astonishing proportions, principally in the vicinity of the larger seaport cities of the South. One of the results has been that land within three miles of Savannah, for instance, has risen in value one hundred and fifty per cent. within the last twelve years. While the crops of the whole area tributary to Savannah, were by no means satisfactory during the past season, the aggregate quantity of produce was large. The following statement shows the produce forwarded to the Northern markets direct from the port of Savannah by the steamships alone.
ExpoRTs (BY STEAMERs) of vEGETABLEs (AND orANGES FROM FLORIDA), For THE SEASON ENDING AUGUST 31st, 1882.
PORT. VEGETABLES. ORANGES. TOTAL OF Crates. | Barrels. | Bozes. I Barrels. | ***** New York............... 105,739 27,572 69,379 2,519 205,209 Baltimore .............. 50,787 | 12,696 2,723 907 67,113 Philadelphia............. 24,472 7,956 13,033 445 y Boston.................. 4,132 630 9,837 174 14,773 185,130 || 48,854 94,972 | 4,045 333,001
The season's shipment of melons to New York aggregated 175,000.