The Garden Guide

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

Soils and plant nourishment

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1152. Soils afford to plants a fixed abode, and also are essential to their nourishment; and thus the soils in which vegetables are to be grown, must necessarily contain, either naturally or artificially, the elements which plants require as their food, and in proportion as they abound in or are deficient in these elements, they are fertile or the reverse.