A grossly over-manured crop. In my opinion, a man, tilling his soil well, who kept manure away from his Beet altogether for ten years, would get 50 per cent, more usable, saleable, and show roots than another who manured his ground every season. Beet, Carrots, and Parsnips want a deep, finely pulverised soil, and nothing else. People sometimes think that they put a formidable poser when they ask about barren, hungry, neglected land. They do nothing of the sort. True, I recommend a little manure in such cases, but I always advise them to put it at least 15 inches below the surface. I know, do you see, that if they shift the soil deep enough to get the manure buried more than 1 foot deep, they must till the soil pretty well; and I also know that if I did not give them an object in shifting so much soil they would not do it. As a matter of fact, a mixture of superphosphate, sulphate of potash, nitrate of soda, and bone flour, in the proportions of 3, 2. 1, 1 respectively, applied at the rate of 3 oz. per square yard, would do equally as well; but if I mentioned this alone, it would be scuffled in about 6 inches deep, and little good done.
Fig. 12. This Fine Beetroot Was Produced By Trenching, Not By Dunging