by George Bommer
As this mode is commonly regarded to be more practicable than that performed by immersion, on account of its being attended with less labor, it may be proper to remark, that even this may be found far loss laborious than the detailed description of the performance would seem to indicate. The manufacturer of manure on this plan will find that much more depends on the quality of his ley than on the observance of every minutia in the manner of performing the labor. Indeed, such is the scarcity and expense of labor in this country, that in most cases it would be advisable greatly to abridge the labor of preparing the vegetable materials, and also in the construction of the heap.
It is conceived that all that is essential to insure success in the performance is, 1st. To be particular in obtaining a due preparation of the ley; 2d. To be careful to see that every portion of the mass is thoroughly wet with the liquor at the time of forming and finishing the heap, and at suitable intervals twice afterward.
3rd. As a precaution, it may be proper to remark that, if a heap is partially watered in its creation, it is usually advisable to complete the heap with tolerable expedition, as fermentation will soon commence with the parts first watered, and a tardy completion of the heap would render the parts first would render the parts first put up and wet liable to have fermentation interrupted by successive waterings of other parts of the heap.
All danger in this respect may be avoided, by having the vegetable materials at hand of which the heap is to be composed, and to observe due care to finish the formation, and first watering in twenty-four hours from its commencement.
Vegetable and Mineral Composts, in which bogs and other swampy matters are included.
It may appear to some, who are desirous of using such substances, that the process of cutting bogs, &c., into small pieces, as described in the Method, is too laborious and expensive for general adoption. For the encouragement of such persons, it may be stated as a matter of fact, that very satisfactory results have been obtained in the decomposition of such substances, by following the Method in other respects, while the inconvenience of cutting into small pieces has been entirely avoided.
This valuable article, which affords one of the best top-dressings for meadows, and is well adapted to about every description of crop which may be cultivated, may everywhere be manufactured at little expense. The modes of manufacture are simple, and are clearly described in the work.
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