an elementary treatise on american grape culture and wine making

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IH THE SOIL, AND ITS PREPARATION—MANURES. textit{Soil.—The soil may next occupy our attention. What is the best soil for the grape ? This question has been variously answered. Those who live in a district where clay abounds say that a clayey soil is best; while those who live where sand prevails will tell you that a sandy soil is best, and so on. The solution of these answers may be found in the fact that good grapes are grown in both kinds of soil. Our own experience, and a pretty extended observation among vineyards, lead us to give preference to sandy or gravelly loams. It has been said that any soil that will grow good corn will grow good grapes. We have no doubt of the truthfulness of the remark; and we should not hesitate to plant a vineyard upon such a soil, if favorably located. But we may go further, and say that goodgrapes may be grown where good corn can not. Some of the best vineyards about New-York are planted in light sandy soils, to which muck has been added with a more or less liberal hand. There are many localities on Long Island and in New-Jersey, where light sands prevail, that could be converted into productive vineyards at a comparatively small expense. We have never seen better grapes than have been grown on similar soils properly treated. The vine has such a wonderful power of adaptability that the soil, whether light or heavy, becomes almost a matter of secondary importance. textit{Preparation.—Not so, however, its preparation for the reception of the plants. This should be most thoroughly done. In planting a vineyard, we are doing a work that is expected to last for generations; hence, every thing connected with it should be done in a manner to insure good and permanent results. Some soils will need more thorough preparation than others ; ...
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