In reference to this point, I had the best Marrow bed of my life in 1901. It was established on well-dug but unmanured soil. The plants were a little slow in starting, and we only cut one or two odd fruits in July, but when they fairly got going they never stopped until a sharp frost blackened them about the middle of October. They grew incessantly and vigorously, sending out great, strong, sprawling shoots in all directions. One plant covered a square rod of ground, and would have covered a good deal more if it had not been checked; while as to crop, it never stopped bearing while it lived, and on one occasion I counted a dozen fruits on an area of less than a square yard.
The remarks herewith made on the manuring question may be summarised as follows:-
(1) Manuring (i.e. the application of dung and chemical fertilisers) is not the real secret of fertility.
(2) Manure will not compensate for the absence of thorough cultivation.
(3) Manuring is a useful adjunct to tillage.
(4) In general, the present system of manuring is wasteful and unscientific.
(5) Vegetable crops may usefully be sectionised for feeding purposes.
(6) With good tillage equally satisfactory results may be secured with "artificials" as with dung.