fruit garden, South Dakota, horticulture department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
Fruit is recognized as essential in the diet. Most South Dakota farm families either spend too much of their income in buying this part of their food, or do without. Nearly all South Dakota farms can produce an ample supply of fruit, provided a good location with wind protection is chosen, and the varieties are right and given good culture. Many native wild fruits can be grown as a part of the farmstead or garden windbreak. The right selection of domesticated berries, bush and tree fruits in accordance with locality will enable one to produce a goodly variety sufficient for family needs on as little as one-half acre of ground. Some of the dwarf so-called tree fruits such as the Sapa, Qpata, and Oka cherry-plums and the Anoka apple usually come into bearing the year after transplanting – practically as early as berries. Hence, the desire for quick results should not bar tree fruits from the garden. While many of the better apples may take several years to come into bearing, these may be planted between the earlier producing plums and cherries without detriment or waste of space, thus assuring returns for land and labor while the longer-lived kinds are developing. (See more in text.)
Rockwell, Frank I., "South Dakota Fruit Garden" (1943). SDSU Extension Circulars. 397.