Onions for Profit; An Expose of Modern Methods in Onion Growing

Onions for Profit; An Expose of Modern Methods in Onion Growing

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...25. The fight should begin before weeds can be seen. The drill roller, which firms the soil after the seed has been deposited in the ground, leaves a mark indicating the exact location of the row as plainly as can be desired. There is no need of waiting until the plants are up. A week or ten days after the seed is sown by the old method, or immediately after the plants have been set by the new system, the wheel hoe should be started. Do the work thoroughly, letting the cutting blades go as close to the rows as is safe, This is easy and quick work. Any strong, half-grown boy can go over an acre in a day in this way, and we can therefore well afford to thus stir the soil between the rows pretty frequently. In fact, this is necessary. We have frequent rains thus early in the season which pack the soil and result in the formation of a crust over it. This must be broken as often as it forms, in order to admit air to the roots of the plants, and also to form a sort of soil mulch over the surface, which is very serviceable in preserving soil moisture should a-dry spell follow. The rule is, therefore, to start the wheel hoe just as soon after a rain as the surface of the ground is dry enough to be easily pulverized. Besides this, repeat the operation as often as possible in dry spells. I do not believe that you can overdo the matter. Hand Weeding. Next comes hand weeding. This usually involves the greatest expense in the production of an onion crop, and is the chief trouble we meet in the undertaking. The new method, however, requires a great deal less of this expensive and tedious labor on hands and knees. This is an advantage that offsets more than fully the labor required in transplanting. Half-grown boys are well suited to do the work of hand...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882784
  • 9781236882783