The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Science - Soils, Manure and the Environment
Chapter: Chapter 1: Earths and Soils

Burning and soil improvement

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1230. The advantages of burning are, that it renders the soil less compact, less tenacious, and less retentive of moisture; and, when properly applied, may convert a matter which was stiff, damp, and, in consequence, cold, into one, powdery, dry, and warm, and permeable by air and water.