Horse-hoeing Husbandry: Or, An Essay on the Principles of Vegetation and Tillage. Designed to Introduce a New Method of Culture; Whereby the Produce of Land Will be Increased, and the Usual Expence Lessened. Together with Accurate Descriptions and Cuts of the Instruments Employed in it (Google eBook)
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Page 291 - ... some waste their whole lives " in studying how to arm death with new engines of " horror, and inventing an infinite variety of slaughter ; " but think it beneath men of learning (who only are " capable of doing it) to employ their learned labours " in the invention of new, or even improving the old, " instruments for increasing of bread.
Page 255 - Shillings; but if plow'd four times, which is better, one Pound. For thirty Load of Dung, to a Statute Acre, is two Pounds five Shillings. For Carriage of the Dung, according to the Distance, from two Shillings to Six-pence the Load; one Shilling being the Price most common, is one Pound ten Shillings. The Price for Weeding is very uncertain, it has sometimes cost twelve Shillings, sometimes two Shillings per Acre.
Page 20 - corrodes a plant ; too much water drowns it, too much air dries the roots of it, too much heat burns it, but too much earth a plant never can have, unless it be therein wholly buried...
Page 215 - Q. a milky, milky, a third a yellow,. a fourth a red Juice, in its Veins ^ one afford a fragrant, another an offenfive Smell ; one be fweet to the Tafte, another bitter, acid, acerbe,auftere, &c. that one fliould be nourifhing, another...
Page 48 - I mean, their spurious kindred, the weeds, that robbed them of their too scanty allowance. There is no doubt, but that one-third part of the nourishment raised by dung and tillage, given to plants or corn at many proper seasons, and apportioned to the different times of their exigencies, will be of more benefit to a crop, than the whole applied as it commonly is, only at the time of sowing.
Page 304 - ... in two flames, the one on one side, and the other on the other side of the axial line.
Page 50 - To demonstrate," he says (pp. 27, 28), " that dews moisten the land when fine, dig a hole in the hard dry ground, in the driest weather, as deep as the plough ought to reach ; beat the earth very fine, and fill the hole therewith ; and after a few nights...
Page 20 - And earth is so surely the food of all plants, that with the proper share of the other elements, which each species of plants requires, I do not find but that any common earth will nourish any plant.