A time to reap and a time to sow

Crops

Searching for some inspiration for a story idea, I ran across this e-book which was originally published in 1915. The publication is called The Craftsman: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine in the Interest of Better Art, Better Work, and a Better and More Reasonable Way of Living, Volume 28, United Crafts, 1915. It seems to cover a wide array of subjects, but one that seemed timely was how do you know when is the right time to plant your garden?

I found these practical tips worth considering.

When choosing a time to start planting in the Spring the soil should be dry, so that when you grab a handful, it slowly falls apart after being released. Heavy soils and clay should not be worked when wet. After these conditions are met, the upper 3 inches of soil should be worked and made fine by using a steel-tooth rake or hoe. All stone and debris should be cleared away, making an even surface that is sufficiently compact and level.

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