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Irrigating A Fruit Farm

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The followlng account of the fruit farm of Trof. E. Baur of this townshlp, ia taken from tlie Dexter Leader: " We last week visited the fruit farm of Kmil Baur, near Aim Arbor, and were very much pleased at the layout of his grounds, the fine fruit trees, and especlally hls xrrangements for wateriog his fruit premlses during the dry season. A ravine crosses his premises between his house and fruit orchard, and lu excavating a bed of black niuck at the deptli f 4'2' feet he found several springs. He made a pond 40 by 60 feet, wliich is filled with clear water charged strongly with iron, containing also lime salts, magnesium salts, sodium siilts, and sulphates. This body of water is 2% feet higher than the run which llows through the hollow. In tina way he obtained a fall of tive feet, and put in a hydraulic ram, by wbich water is forced 50 feet high into two large tanks in the orchard, From these a timk on a wagon Is filled, with an aparatus llke a street sprinkler attached, so tliat 00 barrels can be rained evenly onto the land in two hours. As pear trees, whlch are a specialty with him, want iron, it is supplied by thia water. It is interesting to consumera to know that the pear contains more Iron than any otlier fruit; henee the importance of this fruit for those who need iron iu their blood. He lias beds of strawberries betwecn his rows of pear trees, and they receive benefit from the sprinkler. Mr. Baur is a genial gentleman, and is always glad to show visitors over his premises.


Ann Arbor Courier
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