Catechism of Agricultural Chemistry and Geology

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Page 17 - Q. Whence is the organic part of the soil derived? A. It is derived from the roots and stems of decayed plants, and from the dung and remains of animals and insects of various kinds. Q. Does this organic part form a large proportion of the soil ? A. Of peaty soils it forms sometimes three-fourths of the whole weight; but of rich and fertile soils it does not usually form more than from a twentieth to a tenth of the whole weight. Q. Can a soil bear good crops which does not contain a considerable...

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