The Garden Guide

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

Natural improvement of soils

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1249. When no artificial means are used, nature gradually restores the mineral substances which have been exhausted, and which the soil obtains from the atmosphere, the rain, and other sources. The restoration when left entirely to nature is slow, and thus it was the custom to let five or sometimes six years elapse before the same crop was grown twice on the same land, unless the process of restoration was aided by fallowing (see ᄎ 1217.) or by irrigation (see ᄎ 1237.).