Manuring The Vine

As remarked before, this will seldom be necessary, if the vintner is

careful enough to guard against washing of the top-soil, and to turn

under all leaves, etc., with the plow in the Fall. The best manure is

undoubtedly fresh surface soil from the woods. Should the vines,

however, show a material decrease in vigor, it may become necessary to

use a top-dressing of decomposed leaves, ashes, bone-dust, charcoal,

etc. Fresh stable-yard manure I would consider the last, and only to be

used when nothing better can be obtained. Turn under with the plow, as

soon as the manure is spread. Nothing, I think, is more injurious than

the continual drenching with slops, dish-water, etc., which some good

souls of housewives are fond of bestowing on their pet grape vines in

the garden. It creates a rank, unwholesome growth, and will cause

mildew and rot, if anything can.

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