But it is necessary to be thoroughly assured of a good supply of water before laying out a water-meadow.
The mixture of seeds for sowing a water-meadow demands much consideration, and must be modified according to local circumstances of soil, aspect, climate and drainage.
There are two things to be attended to most carefully in the construction of a water-meadow on the first or second of these plans.
The next process is the forming of the ground intended for a water-meadow into beds or ridges.
To obtain a complete water-meadow, the ground will often require to be broken up and remodelled.
On ground in that state a water-meadow may be most perfectly formed.
This is the most beautiful and most expeditious method of making a complete water-meadow where the ground is not naturally sufficiently level to begin with.
In the ordinary catchwork water-meadow, the water is used over and over again.
Constant care is required if a water-meadow is to yield quite satisfactory results.
Although in many cases it is easy to explain the reasons why water artificially applied to land brings crops or increases their yield, the theory of our ordinary water-meadow irrigation is rather obscure.
We must look in fact to a number of small advantages and not to any one striking beneficial process in explaining the aggregate utility of water-meadow irrigation.
We attribute the usefulness of water-meadow irrigation, then, to the following causes: (I) the temperature of the water being rarely less than 10° Fahr.
This is only practised in winter when there is abundance of water available, and it much resembles the water-meadow irrigation of England.
We attribute the usefulness of water-meadow irrigation, then, to the following causes: (I) the temperature of the water being rarely less than 10Ã‚° Fahr.
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