Excerpt from Farm and Fireside, Vol. 27: April 1, 1904
Early potatoes. - Where there is a good local market, early varieties usually are more profitable than later ones, but they require a warm, rich soil. The drainage, either natural or artificial, should. Be good. If the soil is heavy, nothing improves its physical condition like rotted organic material thoroughly mixed through it. Clover-roots and turf or rotted stable manure are good. Fresh manure lets scab germs multiply, causing roughness Of the skin of the tubers. A satisfactory way is to apply the manure on _the sod the year preceding the potatoes..
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