First Lessons on Agriculture; For Canadian Farmers and Their Families

First Lessons on Agriculture; For Canadian Farmers and Their Families

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...into the construction of a box or a ship, but are nevertheless essential to their completion. The arteries and nerves constitute a very small part of tho living human body; but without them it could not exist. The soil contains these substances in very small quantities, and the annual exhaustion oil such salts from large crops of grain, roots and grass, must soon impoverish the soil, unless they are replaced by manures, of which ashes are one of the most important.) 137. In what quantities should ashes he applied to the soil?--The New American Farm Book says: "The quantity of ashes that should be applied to the acre must depend on the soil and crops cultivated. Potatoes, turnips, and all roots, clover, lucern, peas, beans, and the grasses are great exhausters of the salts, and they are consequently much benefited by ashes. They are used with decided advantage for the above crops in connection with bone dust; and for clover, pease and roots, their effects are much enhanced when mixed witb gypsum. Light soils should have a smaller, and rich lands or clays, a heavier dressing. From 12 to 15 bushels per acre for the former, and 30 to the latter, is not too much; or, if they are leached, the quantity may be increased one-half, as they act with less energy. Repeated dressings of ashes, like those of lime, and gypsum, without a corresponding addition of vegetable or barn-yard manures, will eventually exhaust tillage lands." 138. How should ashes be applied as manure?--Tho same author remarks, that, "They may be drilled into the soil with the roots and grain, sown broadcast on meadows or pastures, or mixed with the muck heap. They improve all soils not already saturated with the principles which they contain." LESSON XXVI. now To...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236609743
  • 9781236609748