The Practical Gardener, and Modern Horticulturist: Containing the Latest and Most Approved Methods for the Management of the Kitchen, Fruit, and Flower-garden, the Green-house, Hot-house, &c. &c. ... Including the New Method of Heating Forcing-houses with Hot Water Only, Volume 1

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Thomas Kelly, 1828 - Gardening
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Page xiv - God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which buildings and palaces are but gross...
Page 43 - A slight incipient fermentation is undoubtedly of use in the dunghill; for by means of it a disposition is brought on in the woody fibre to decay and dissolve, when it is carried to the land, or ploughed into the soil; and woody fibre is always in great excess in the refuse of the farm.
Page 220 - Infusions of gall-nuts, oak bark, and Peruvian bark are recommended as capable of neutralizing the poisonous principle of mushrooms. It is, however, the safest way not to eat any of the good but less common sorts until they have been soaked in vinegar. Spirits of wine and vinegar extract some part of their poison ; and tannin matter decomposes the greatest part of it.
Page 421 - ... longitudinally, about two inches upwards from its lower end, into two unequal divisions, by passing the knife upwards, just in contact with one side of the medulla. The stronger division of the graft is then to be pared thin at its lower extremity, and introduced, as in crown-grafting, between the bark and wood of the stock ; and the more slender division is fitted to the stock upon the opposite side. The...
Page 9 - ... garden annexed to a small house. Some families use few, others many vegetables ; and it makes a great difference whether the owner is curious to have a long season of the same production, or is content to have a supply only at the more common times. But to give some rules for the quantity of ground to be laid out, a family of four persons (exclusive of servants) should have a rood of good-working, open ground, and so in proportion.
Page 45 - This manure is transient in its effects, and does not last for more than a single crop, which is easily accounted for from the large quantity of water, or the elements of water, it contains. It decays without producing heat when exposed to the atmosphere, and seems as it were to melt down and dissolve away.
Page 229 - ... as possible, then lay the pieces about four inches apart upon the surface of the dung in the box ; here they are to lie for six days, when it will probably be found that the side of the spawn next to the dung has begun to run in the dung below; then add one and a half inch more of fresh dung on the top of the spawn in the box, and beat it down as formerly.
Page 295 - Paikinson mentions that the tubers were sometimes roasted and steeped in sack and sugar, or baked with marrow and spices, and even preserved and candied by the comfit makers. In 1663, the Royal Society took some measures for encouraging the cultivation of the potato, with the view of preventing famine.
Page 109 - Strain your line along the bed six inches from the edge ; then with a spade cut out a small trench or drill close to the line, about six inches deep, making that side next the line nearly upright...
Page 381 - In a few days, I perceived the fruit near the bottle to swell ; on this observation, I procured more male blossoms, and in like manner placed them in bottles, in different parts of the beds, removing the bottles to fresh places, every morning, and by this means, obtained a moderate crop, where I had gathered no fruit the preceding year.

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