This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
E. S. M., Amherst, Virginia, asks: "Can you give me the modus operandi for making the lime floor for cellars mentioned in the February number of the Gardener's Monthly. By so doing you will greatly oblige."
[It must be remembered that though it is a lime floor it must not be a mortar floor. Lime, as mortar, crystalizes and is then too brittle for good floors. The lime for floors is " drawn," as plasterers say, - that is, it is dissolved in water, not merely slacked as the masons do. Mortar dries very rapidly, but when drawn through water lime takes a long time to harden. The drawn lime must be rolled heavily to make a good hard stone-like floor. - Ed. G. M.]