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1858 Excerpt: ...is, very properly, attracting the attention of
land-holders in our country. There has been much discussion with
regard to the depth at which drains should be laid, and the
distance they should be from each other. As an exposition of the
principles involved in these points, and as a general illustration
of the philosophy of drainage, the following extract from an
editorial article in the (London) Farmers' Magazine, is worthy of
special attention: We are sometimes told that farmers ought to
leave their habits and prejudices at home, and come to the
discussion of an agricultural subject, exactly as a lobster would
if divested of its shell. Let us see how much a meeting conducted
on such terms would be worth. The cultivation of a dark, strong,
homogeneous clay, affected entirely by water on its way from the
heavens downward to the sea, and where the principle has been to
remove this as quickly as could be effected by open parallel
furrows on the" surface, a few feet distance only apart, and
intersected by parallel open drains, in a cross direction, some
twenty or thirty yards asunder. Such a system with one man is the
only drainage that he requires to effect his object. The cultivator
from another district--probably the colitic--where the soil is a
dark tenacious clay at the top, and an open, porous, or absorbent
soil below, is satisfied with any depth of drain, provided it is
deep enough to penetrate the retentive soil lying above, so as to
give the water free admission to the porous subsoil below. Another,
who lives in a district of greatly undulating surface--with a
porous subsoil on extensive or dislocated portions, and intersected
at all angles with beds of tenacious clay lying at all depths and
thickness--the porous portion supplied and overcharged w...
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