The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Highclere kitchen garden

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The kitchen-garden is here but a secondary object of attention. The soil is naturally a strong clay; but part of it has lately been greatly improved by burning some of the subsoil, and mixing it with the surface. The operation is performed, during the summer season, on the spot, by heaping up a coating of clay upon a ridge of fagots, and setting fire to the latter, in the manner explained in detail in our Encyclopï¾µdia of Agriculture. The clay is put on in rough spadefuls, and, when the burning is completed, it is spread over the ground from which it was taken, at the rate of a good dunging. There is here a very good gardener's house; and we found in it an excellent garden and miscellaneous library, belonging to Mr. Carton. Among his miscellaneous books were the Waverley novels and the Cabinet Cyclopï¾µdia.