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Truck-farming at the South; A guide to the raising of vegetables for northern markets

Truck-farming at the South; A guide to the raising of vegetables for northern markets

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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. 1891 Excerpt: ...will require from a pound to a pound and a half of seed, or from one hundred and sixty thousand to two hundred and forty thousand seeds. I have sown pounds of seed without getting even a single plant. The only advice to be given is: to make frequent sowings and on different parts of the farm, and to follow the suggestion in the chapter on "Insects." If the seed is sound and properly sown under glass and cared for, few will fail to furnish available plants. SOIL AND ITS PREPARATION. The land best adapted to raise spring cabbages for shipment, is a moist, sandy loam, if well drained. Any good garden soil, properly enriched and well prepared, will answer, however, if it be not too light and sandy; on such soils the plants maybe affected by the hot suns in March and April, just at the heading season. A newly cleared, well-drained mould is excellent. The chalk cliffs of the English sea shore being the native habitat of the cabbage, admirable crops of superior quality may be produced near our coast under the influence of the moist sea air, wherever the soil is adapted to this plant. Lime is very beneficial to the whole cabbage family, and soil, otherwise of desirable quality, on the immediate sea coast of the mainland, or on any of the Sea Islands, if well supplied with crumbling oyster-shells, the rubbish of Indian camps, cannot be surpassed for this vegetable. That these accumulations of oyster shells, with a few shells of the clam and conch, are of Indian origin, is proven by the frequent occurrence among them of pieces of Indian pottery. Heavy soils require to be more deeply stirred by the turning and the subsoil plows, and more frequently harrowed, than those of lighter character. At the North, land consecutively cropped with cabbages seems to beco...