The English Gardener: Or, A Treatise on the Situation, Soil, Enclosing, and Laying-out, of Kitchen Gardens ..

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A. Cobbett, 1845 - Flower gardening - 405 pages

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Page 10 - I first began to eat fine fruit, in a garden ; and though I have now seen and observed upon as many fine gardens as any man in England, I have never seen a garden equal to that of WAvERLEY. Ten families, large as they might be, including troops of servants (who are no churls in this way), could not have consumed the fruit produced in that garden. The peaches, nectarines, apricots, fine plums, never failed ; and, if the workmen had not lent a hand, a fourth part of the produce never could have been...
Page 52 - ... top. Some seeds, such as those of cabbage, radish, and turnip, will, if good, go to the bottom at once. Cucumber, Melon, Lettuce, Endive, and many others, require a few minutes. Parsnip and Carrot, and all the winged seeds, require to be worked by your fingers in a little water, and well wetted, before you put them into the glass; and the carrot should be rubbed, so as to get off part of the hairs, which would otherwise act as the feathers do as to a duck.
Page 42 - When you have shaken on dung to the thickness of four or five inches, beat all over again, and so on at every four or five inches deep, until the work be finished. When you get to the top of the boards, you will proceed very well without any ; but you must be very careful to keep the outsides and ends perfectly upright ; for this purpose, great care must be taken that the stakes at the four corners of the bed be placed perpendicularly.
Page 63 - If possible, therefore, transplant when the ground is not wet ; but, here again, as in the case of sowing, let it be dug, or deeply moved, and well broken, immediately before you transplant into it. There is & fermentation that takes place immediately after moving, and a dew arises, which did not arise before.
Page 182 - Bring the four edges of bark, that is, the two edges of the cut in the top of the stock, and the two corresponding edges of the cut in the bottom of the scion, to meet precisely; or, if the scion be in diameter a smaller piece of wood than the stock, so that its two edges of bark cannot both meet those of the stock, then let only one meet, but be sure that that one meets precisely.
Page 5 - ... be seen of very clever workmanship more than a hundred years old : but the when it should be done, and the why, and the how, had never been reduced to rule. Lord Bacon, who had a large collection of works upon agriculture, had them one day piled up in the court-yard and set on fire, for, said he, ' In all these books I find no principles ; they can, therefore, be of no use to any man.
Page 58 - ... the produce of the former two-thirds less than that of the latter ; but even the quality of the grain was not half so good. Many of the ears had smut, which was not the case with those that came from the ripened seed, though the land and the cultivation were, in both cases, the same.
Page 175 - ... cover them completely, tread the earth down upon them ; and then smooth the surface. When the plants come up, thin them to about three inches apart ; and keep the ground between them perfectly clean during the summer. Hoe frequently ; but not deep near the plants ; for, we are speaking of trees here ; and trees do not renew their roots quickly as a cabbage or a turnip does. These young trees should be kept, during the first summer, as moist as possible, without watering ; and the way to keep...
Page 237 - I ought to have observed that it is not the producing of the pulp which requires the gre^C effort from the tree; but the bringing of the seed to perfection; so that, though you are to have the same weight of peaches on a tree that should bear a hundred, as on a tree that should bear two hundred, still the effort required from the tree would be only half as great in the former case as in the latter ; because, in the former, there would be only one half the number of seeds.

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