If farmers would plant and raise more small fruits and consume them freely, they would not only enjoy the pleasure of eating them, but would need less meat and hnve better health. Families without plenty of fruit will usually pay more to the doctor- and druggist m a year than would pay for all the choice small fruits a larcje family would need. There is a constant outgo of money used m conducting a farm, part of it for labor and m household expenses. Unless there is something to be sold every week, bills will run up, and it will bo hard to balance the account at the end of the year. It is a Wise forethought to diversify farm pursuits at least far enough to provide these smaller expenses without drawing on the main crops. A supply of butter and eggs will often buy the family groceries right through the year. Besides these there should be summer fruits and vegetables, the surplus of Avliat is needed for home use. If farmers marketed more of .such products, city men would have a better idea of the profit of farming than from marketing only green crops. In England, at the famous Rotlmmsted AgriculturalExperimentiny Station, wheat has been grown every year on the same ground for 36 years. A plot which had 14 tons of farmyard manure per acre every year, yielded 35 bushels of wheat per acre for the first 18 years, and 32 bushels for the next 18 years.; Another part, dressed with artificial manure every year, gave 36 bushels of grain for the first 18 years, and 35 bushels for the second 18 years. For 36 years the artificial manure gave an average of 2 bushels of wheat per acre more than did a dressing of 14 tons an acre of rich farmyard manure. The cost of the artificial manure was about £2 an acre. These experiments were conducted on naturally poor soil.
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Agricultural Scraps., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2530, 29 September 1890
Agricultural Scraps. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2530, 29 September 1890
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