Vancouver Island; Its Resources and Capabilities, as a Colony

Vancouver Island; Its Resources and Capabilities, as a Colony

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ... grown in great quantities by the natives on all parts of the coast. The Hydah Indians of Queen Charlotte's Island hold an annual potato fair, customers reaching them from Fort Simpson on the mainland. The rotation of crops in virgin soil is--wheat after fallow, then a crop of peas, wheat again or oats, and then a fallow is made for turnips, and by this time the land will be pretty clean. After turnips, a crop of 'barley or oats, spring sown, is raised and followed by potatoes, the land being well manured and thus mended. After this, farming operations are conducted on the same rotation four course system as in Great Britain. Threshing is done by machine, but in some cases the flail is still used. The average production of wheat is twenty-five to thirty bushels per acre, 64 lbs. to the bushel; of oats, forty bushels per acre, weight 3G to 46 lbs. Potatoes two hundred bushels per acre, and of very superior quality; all vegetables succeed much better inj Vancouver than in Oregon or Washington Territory. The following are the usual quantities of seed sown per acre: --of wheat oneand a half bushels, barley two and a half, oats two and a half to three bushels, peas two to two and a half bushels, retches two and a half. The yield of barley varies according to the cultivation of the land from 24 up to 40 bushels per acre. All fruit trees bear profusely and the fruit is of the finest quality. The animals employed in the field and farm yard, are horses, oxen and mules, the latter being of great and special value. Figs are easily reared, and poultry also. Sheep generally do well, the South Down especially, which do best, the Merino sheep being too loose in the wool to suit the wet winter climate.--Fleeces are light, the quality of the wool good. more

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  • English
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  • 9781236571458