. Better fruit. Fruit-culture. igip BETTER FRUIT Page 33 Pinched Feet Bad for Trees By F. W. Wilson. Dynamite isn't a commodity that a woman ordinarily enthuses over, but Mary Jane Gregory of Westminster, Colorado, has found something to com- mend itself to her in the big bang stuff. She had a number of four-year-old fruit trees on her place and was anxious to have them grow uniformly, but this spring one of them showed no signs of life. A neighbor was appealed to for advice. His opinion was that the tree was root-bound by the compact prairie soil in which it was growing. This man happened to

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. Better fruit. Fruit-culture. igip BETTER FRUIT Page 33 Pinched Feet Bad for Trees By F. W. Wilson. Dynamite isn't a commodity that a woman ordinarily enthuses over, but Mary Jane Gregory of Westminster, Colorado, has found something to com- mend itself to her in the big bang stuff. She had a number of four-year-old fruit trees on her place and was anxious to have them grow uniformly, but this spring one of them showed no signs of life. A neighbor was appealed to for advice. His opinion was that the tree was root-bound by the compact prairie soil in which it was growing. This man happened to be familiar with the use of dynamite and suggested as a remedy for the trouble that a bore hole be put down in the ground about three feet from the trunk of the tree and loaded with a small charge of the ex- plosive. Mrs. Gregory in speaking of the re- sult of the experiment says: "This shot loosened the soil about the tree and a week or two later, it began to leaf out and a few weeks later, was ahead of the other trees." WTien a man's feet are pinched by shoes too tight for him, he can easily get a larger pair of shoes, but when a tree's feet are pinched by too tight a soil, its plight is serious. Poor circula- tion is as bad for a tree as for a man. The roots are not only the feet of the tree, but its stomach as well. Imper- vious, tight soil around the roots, there- fore, means more than merely sore feet; it means starvation as well. If dynamite will relieve trees of troubles such as Mrs. Gregory describes, her neighbor is entitled to the gratitude of tree lovers for suggesting a practical remedy. ADOPTS STANDARD FOR BOXES At a meeting held Monday, February 24th, the Yakima Valley Traffic & Credit Association adopted the follow- ing specifications as the standard for apple and pear boxes for the season of 1919: PINE BOXES Ends % X 10V4 X llVi Sides %6 X 10^^ X 19;* T. & B ?ie X 5^4 X 19^ Cleats %x ?ixlH4 SPRUCE BOXES Ends iyi6 X IOV2 X 111/2 Sides §io X 10

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