Transactions of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of India, Volume 4

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The Society, 1837 - Agriculture
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Page iii - Report on the physical condition of the Assam Tea Plant, with reference to Geological Structure, Soils and Climate.
Page 114 - The better the soil, the less cultivation it requires to produce tolerable crops ; hence, where the land is very rich, we find in general a slovenly culture; where the' ground is less productive, more labour and skill are applied to compensate for the want of natural fertility. The simplest cultivation is that of the spade, the hoe, and the rake — and on a small scale it is the best ; but spade husbandry cannot be carried to a great extent without employing more hands than can be spared from other...
Page 194 - Nephrodiur/i grew for four years* without one drop of water having been given to them during that period, and would, I believe, have grown as many more, had they not accidentally perished in consequence of the rusting of the tin lid covering the bottle, and the admission of rain-water. 4thly, That the degree of development to which the plants attain, depend mainly...
Page 69 - ... and ne.ar the beds of rivers, there are very great differences, and it now and then occurs that one part of a field is calcareous, and another part siliceous ; and in this case, and in analogous cases, the portions different from each other should be separately submitted to experiment.
Page 198 - The two boxes entrusted to my care, containing ferns, mosses, grasses, &c., are now on the poop of the ship, (where they have been all the voyage); and the plants, (with the exception of two or three ferns which appear to have faded), are all alive and vigorous. During the very hot weather near the equator, I gave them once a light sprinkling of water, and that is all they have received during the passage. All the plants have grown a great deal, particularly the grasses, which have been attempting...
Page 98 - Measure) 4 gills = 1 pint 2 pints = 1 quart 2 quarts = 1 pottle 2 pottles = 1 gallon 4 quarts = 1 gallon 2 gallons = 1 peck 4 pecks = 1 bushel 8 bushels = 1 quarter...
Page 95 - The moisture in the soil influences its temperature; and the manner in which it is distributed through, or combined with, the earthy materials, is of great importance in relation to the nutriment of the plant. If water is too strongly attracted by the earths, it will not be absorbed by the roots of the plants; if it is in too great quantity, or too loosely united to them, it tends to injure or destroy the fibrous parts of the roots.
Page 35 - The first class of situations, are distinguished from the general plain, by a porous structure, and the peculiar character of maintaining a dry surface under exposure to excessive moisture ; the second by a structure less porous than the first. In both, the plants are situated at the verge of inundations which prevail during the greater portion of the year on the adjoining lands. The important peculiarity of these sites is, that they are less secure from inundation by their elevation than by their...
Page 192 - He had buried the chrysalis of a sphinx in some moist mould, which was contained in a wide-mouthed glass bottle, covered with a lid. In watching the bottle from day to day, he observed that the moisture, which, during the heat of the day, rose from the mould, became condensed on the inner surface of the glass, and again fell back to the mould, so as to keep it always in a state equally moist. About a week prior to the final change of the insect, a seedling fern and grass...
Page 95 - I have compared the absorbent powers of many soils with respect to atmospheric moisture, and I have always found it greatest in the most fertile soils ; so that it affords one method of judging of the productiveness of land.

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