The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 2, No. 4

The American Farmer; Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture and Rural Life Volume 2, No. 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... grows on very stony, dry hills, where the earth is not above half a foot deep, its roots running in between the cracks of a flaky limestone, the earth being a light red loam, which makes me conclude it to do best on land that is sweet, chalk and limestone being both of a sweetening nature to land; but I could wish that some particular observations were made of the nature of the several lands in the several counties where it doth grow; for 'tis certainly one of the best improvements of land that can be made use of where it will take, especially where manure is scarce. You may sow rey grass with your St. Foin, and I am told it makes a great improvement of it, and yields a good crop the first three years. You may sow five bushels of St. Foin and one bushel of rey grass on an acre. "It must be sown in far greater quantities than the clover seed, because 'tis a larger, lighter seed. They commonly allow four bushels to an acre. You need not fear sowing of it too thick, because it the sooner stocks the ground, and destroys all other grass and weeds. It may be sown alone or with oats and barley, as the other grass seeds are; but you must be sure to make your ground very fine for this and all other grass seeds. Do not feed it the first year, especially with great cattle, because the sweetness of it will provoke the cattle to bite too near the ground; and the large cattle treading of it is a great injury to it, especially in wet weather; and therefore 'tis best mowing of it the first and second year, and after that it will be out of danger. The marling of St. Foin makes a great improvement of it for three or four years, when 'tis almost worn out, and after that the grass which the marie produces will be near as good as the St. Foin. "The best...
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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236585933
  • 9781236585936