Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

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When author Edmund Morris left the business world and bought a small farm in the early 1800s, he was so pleased with the results that he decided to tell others how he did it. His simply written chronicle — one of the most popular books of its time — emphasizes that agricultural success depends not on how much you grow but on what and how. Between thoughtful discussions of choosing the location, crop selection, and maintenance, he contrasts city and country life, despairs over weeds and raising pigs, and writes ...
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Ten Acres Enough - The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

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Overview


When author Edmund Morris left the business world and bought a small farm in the early 1800s, he was so pleased with the results that he decided to tell others how he did it. His simply written chronicle — one of the most popular books of its time — emphasizes that agricultural success depends not on how much you grow but on what and how. Between thoughtful discussions of choosing the location, crop selection, and maintenance, he contrasts city and country life, despairs over weeds and raising pigs, and writes about the joy of establishing a home.
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Morris's 1867 treatise on farming details how he started a small but prosperous farm in New Jersey after abandoning his Philadelphia business life. Morris asserts that it's not how much you grow but what and how you do it that matters. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486437378
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/26/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,331,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

I. City Experiences--Moderate Expectations 1
II. Practical Views--Safety of Investments in Land 5
III. Resolved to go--Escape from Business--Choosing a Location 10
IV. Buying a Farm--A Long Search--Anxiety to sell--Forced to quit 15
V. Making a Purchase--First Impressions 20
VI. Planting a Peach-orchard--How to preserve Peach-trees 23
VII. Planting Raspberries and Strawberries--Tricks of the Nursery 31
VIII. Blackberries--A Remarkable Coincidence 36
IX. The Garden--Female Management--Comforts and Profits 43
X. Cheated in a Cow--A Good and Bad One--The Saint of the Barnyard 49
XI. A Cloud of Weeds--Great Sales of Plants 56
XII. Pigs and Poultry--Luck and Ill Luck 64
XIII. City and Country Life contrasted 72
XIV. Two Acres in Truck--Revolution in Agriculture 77
XV. Birds, and the Services they Render 86
XVI. Close of my First Year--Its Loss and Gain 93
XVII. My Second Year--Trenching the Garden--Strawberry Profits 98
XVIII. Raspberries--The Lawtons 111
XIX. Liquid Manures--An Illustration 118
XX. My Third Year--Liquid Manure--Three Years' Results 125
XXI. A Barnyard Manufactory--Land Enough--Faith in Manure 133
XXII. Profits of Fruit-growing--The Trade in Berries 141
XXIII. Gentleman-farming--Establishing a Home 153
XXIV. Unsuccessful Men--Rebellion not Ruinous to Northern Agriculture 158
XXV. Where to Locate--East or West 165
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