Story of the New Onion Culture

Story of the New Onion Culture

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...of doubt. The great question now is, whether the new way is also the more profitable one, and if so, how profitable. We have already seen that the transplanting method calls for one and a half to two pounds of seed per acre, while ordinarily not less than six pounds are sown. On the other hand, we have the additional labor of growing plants in frames, which is more than an offset for the saving of seed. The new way requires the considerable and tedious labor of transplanting, an operation which will cost at least twenty-five dollars per acre. On the other hand, we save so much hand labor in thinning and weeding that one might well be considered an offset for the other. On the whole, we have come to the conclusion that the expenses of the crop, up to the time of harvesting, are very near the same, whether we follow the new or the old method. The chief advantages of the new onion culture, therefore, are clear gain. Among them we have: I. Earlier ripening of the crop. With six weeks to start in sowing, the crop will come to maturity several weeks earlier than it would otherwise. This gives a chance for marketing the earlier sorts much in advance of competitors who adhere to the old onion culture, as also in clearing the ground for a succeeding crop, such as celery, turnips, fall spinach, etc, while the season is made considerably longer for the late Prizetaker, which otherwise has hardly time at the extreme North to come to a full development. 2. A decided improvement of the bulbs in respect to shape and uniformity. 3. Quicker sale and better price, in consequence of the finer appearance of the bulbs. 4. A greatly increased yield, to the extent of doubling that obtained by the ordinary method. 5. The elimination of all uncertainties...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236823346
  • 9781236823342