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The $100 Prize Essay on the Cultivation of the Pot

D. A. Compton

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. . .This will not fail in giving the clover a fair foothold on the soil.

Before the millet blossoms, cut and cure it for hay. Keep all stock off the clover, plaster it the following spring, plow it under when in full bloom; sow buckwheat immediately; when up, sow plaster; when in full bloom, plow under and sow the ground immediately with rye, to be plowed under the next May. Thus three crops are put under within a year, the ground is left strong, light, porous, free from weeds, ready to grow a large crop of potatoes, or almost any thing else.

Much is gained every way by having and keeping land in a high state of fertility. Some crops require so long a season for growth, that high condition of soil is absolutely necessary to carry them through to maturity in time to escape autumnal frosts. In the Western States manure has hitherto been considered of but little value. The soil of these States was originally very rich in humus. For a[Pg 5] time wheat was produc. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Among all treatises I've read on the cultivation of potatoes, this is the only one. It made me laugh, cry, and look back in wonder to a time before Idaho corrupted the wholesomeness of the potato by turning its worship into the official state religion. Beware false idols, Idaho!