BIG RED APPLE.
Luscious, Red-cheeked First Love of the Farmer's Boy.
The Healthful, Hearty Heart of the
WHAT IT IS.
HOW TO GROW IT.
ITS COMMERCIAL AND ECONOMIC
HOW TO UTILIZE IT.
specially for "The Kansas Apple," By Prof.
E. H. S. Bailey, Chemist at
the Kansas State University.
cultivation of the apple tree, which, like most plants,
gets its nourishment from two sources, the soil and the
atmosphere, these must be first considered. From the
soil come the mineral ingredients, those that are given
back to the soil when the plant is burned, and from the
atmosphere come the ingredients of no less importance in
the growth of the tree, but which mostly disappear as
invisible gases upon combustion. Upon the character of
this soil, and upon the climate, a general term that may
be said to cover the conditions of the atmosphere,
depend the success of the horticulturist. In addition to
this, insect pests are liable to constantly menace the
making of soils, a process that is constantly going on,
the most important agents are water, air, frost,
sunshine, and the action of living organisms. By this
combined action, the mountain, with its rich store of
mineral matter, is disintegrated, its constituents are
partly dissolved in the water and partly carried
mechanically to the plains below; the air is distributed
through the soil; seeds are