This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
THE following, taken from a work on Manuring the Vineyard, is good advice. We are of the opinion that the application of a compost thus made, will benefit a vineyard, however rich or poor the soil may be.
"It is neither desirable nor necessary to impart to the vine too much luxuriousness. ' As a general thing, not enough importance is attached to a rational method of manuring, often required to assist the growth of the vine, though an excessive system of manuring will delay the ripening of the grapes, and impair the quality and quantity of wine produced.
" It is very important that the manure used should not only furnish to the vine nourishment, but also impart to it warmth. Further, no manure should be used which assists the growth of the wood, but which does not promote the yield of the wine.
"Fresh animal manure is not suitable for vineyards, as it contains too much nitrogenous nourishment of excessive richness. It is therefore advisable to mix with it masses of ground, for the purpose of properly dividing the manure. Good ground is mixed with animal manure, horn shavings, ashes, bones, sawdust, dry leaves, muck, etc., in heaps, which must be moistened frequently with water, etc., and frequently stirred or mixed together."