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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 Excerpt: ... water) are added to prevent "fire fanging". When forking over the manure that which has been on the outside should be put on the inside of the pile and vice versa. It will generally be necessary to fork the manure over two or possibly three times. In about two weeks the manure should be ready to be put into the pit. (See fig. 19.) Fig. 21. Temporary or surface hotbed used for raising the farm garden plants. This shows the sash loose so that they can be tilted any direction (as shown at the right) or slid up or down (as shown at the left) for ventilation. For special purposes that surface hotbeds are adapted to see page 21-22. A construction plan for a surface hotbed is shown in fig. 22 B. FILLING THE HOTBED PIT When filling the hotbed pit, the manure should be thrown in about 6 inch layers and then tramped down tight especially along the sides and in the corners, before the next layer is thrown in. This should be kept up till the packed manure in the pit is about 3 feet deep. If the plants are to be raised in boxes or "flats" about 2 inches of soil should be put on top of the manure. If the plants are to be raised directly in the ground over the manure it should be about 6 inches deep. The sash should then be put on and the manure allowed to heat. The temperature will rise rapidly for about 5 or 6 days. No seed should be sown till the temperature drops to about 90 degrees. With the hotbed,--the temperature record of which is shown in fig. 23,--the seeds were sown on March 10th. It is apparent that a thermometer should be provided for the hotbed. MODIFIED PIT HOTBED In another type of pit hotbed illustrated in fig. 22 A. the pit is dug about a foot wider than the frame is to be and is not lined as previously described. A frame is placed ...
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