1864j Mould/Edit


Anonymous. V.– Question des engrais. – Irrigations. Journal d’Agriculture Pratique Vol 28:1 (1864, Jan-Jun), pp.444-5

(Article printed in issue of 2nd half of April)
This editorial shows that Matthew’s articles on the vegetable mould are still being noticed, and positively received, in France (or at least in this one journal). Here, the editor quotes approvingly from Matthew’s article on “The vegetable mould” in the 16 April issue of the Gardeners’ Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette, regarding the beneficial effects of both the vegetable mould and irrigation:
“With irrigation there is a luxuriant and rapid growth, so that two, or even three crops can in warm climates be grown in the year. It is rather difficult to understand how the necessary materials are obtained. No doubt the water, different from rain water, in containing more minerals, supplies a portion, and the increased vigour of the vital attraction in a luxuriant plant is abler to overcome the existing material attractions which withhold the mineral and other components of the soil, or, perhaps to widen the sphere of the plant’s attractions, to draw from a deeper or more distant source, whether in the soil or atmosphere. Here not improbably the metamorphic power of electro-magnetism which carries metallic substances and deposits them in rock veins may act here, more especially through the conduction of water. Supposing one half of each farm to be under irrigation, whether producing man’s food, or that of beasts, cut and given them in stalls, the quantity of manure produced will be adequate to raise the other half to as high a pitch of fertility as land not irrigated could well reach. In the irrigated portion it might be profitable now and then to take a flying crop without irrigation. This may be found expedient in order to expose the soil to aeration, thus to give it an opportunity of imbibing a large quantity of air, and to render it of a more crumbly character”

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