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Packing Apples In Leaves

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A few years ago, Mr. J. W. Boynton, of East Hartford, whilo gathering up leaves uu der an apple tree, iu the spring, observed beneath them a few freh, nnfrozen apples. It suggested nt once that dry luaves would answer woll as piusking material for fruit, nnd the next full and evary season sinco he has used Ui om for this purpose. We eaw a few days flgo some specimens thus preserved, soemingly as fresh aod as piquaat in flavor as when firet gathered; yet he assured us they were varieties that would have decaved months age if unprotected. Jlis plan is tp piek tbe applos carefully at the proper time, not to pack them umil the forest leaves are perfectly dry and the weather quite pool. 'I'hen the apples and leaves are placed in altérnate layers, and the last layer of leaves crowded iu as oloso a9 possible by placing any convenient weight on the cover of the barrel. The loaves are of 8uch olasticity that tho whole rnav be corapressed so tightly as to prevent all shucking, &c, and yet not bruise the apples in the slightest degree. In this latitude, Mr. Boynton has never iound it necessary to keep these barreU of fruit in any place warmer than an open 8hed. lt ironía be aavi.sable of eourse, everywhere, to keep them in as cool a place as possiblij. In the spring they ars to bo removed to a cool, n'iry cellar, or to ai) apartment especially for fruit, ia connection witli tho iee-housee. -


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Michigan Argus