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Re: Miller in April

  • Subject: Re: Miller in April
  • From: Patricia Dickson <pdickson@sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:14:30 -0700 (PDT)

That is so interesting.  I remember a reading a book on how to garden all
winter in hot compost.  I wish I could remember the name of that book.  It
used a lot of horse manure. 

--- On Thu, 3/26/09, james singer <inlandjim1@q.com> wrote:

From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
Subject: [CHAT] Miller in April
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 1:54 PM

Couple of interesting entries for April in Miller's 18th century
"Gardener's Kalendar."

Planting melons. He says to make a small mound of fresh dung [he doesn't
say what kind but for some reason I think horse], cover the dung with a foot
loam, plant the seeds on top, and cover the planting with a bell jar. The
he says, will heat up the soil, which will stimulate germination and root
growth; the bell jar will keep cold winds at bay. As the plants develop, he
says, add a ring of fresh dung covered by loam around the hill to encourage
roots to grow outward to support large vines.

Insects. He says if you have insects in your orchard trees wash them out with
an infusion made with tobacco stalks. [Earliest pesticide recommendation I
of. And they were still using nicotine in the mid-1900s--200 years later.]

Inland Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9" Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39 C]

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