The Garden Guide

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

Pulverisation and tillage

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1214. Pulverisation should, in all cases, be accompanied by the mixture of the parts of the surface soil by turning them over. It is difficult, indeed, to pulverise without effecting this end, at least by the implements in common use; but, if it could be effected, it would be injurious, because the difference of gravity between the organised matters and the earths which compose soils has a constant tendency to separate them; and stirring a soil only with forks or pronged implements, would, in a short time, leave its surface too light and spongy, and the lower part too compact and earthy.