RECORD: Anon. 1868. [Review of Variation]. Selection of seeds for cultivation. Burlington Times (Vermont) (7 November): 3.

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed by Christine Chua and edited by John van Wyhe. 7.2021. RN1

NOTE: See the record for this item in the Freeman Bibliographical Database by entering its Identifier here. Darwin, C. R. [1868]. The variation of animals and plants under domestication. With a preface by Asa Gray. New York: Orange Judd and Co. Volume 1.


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Selection of seeds for cultivation.

The selection of seeds for the coming year is an all-important thing to the farmer. Now is the time to choose the largest ears of corn, and those containing the most rows; also the largest heads of rye and wheat to be threshed separately for the next year's seed. The largest potatoes of the finest kinds should be carefully selected. For beets, cauliflowers, cabbages, parsneps [sic], and carrots, it is best to depend upon the seedsmen for our supply; but all other seed we can choose for ourselves better than can be chosen for us.

Darwin's book upon "The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication," should be in the hands of every planter, and stock raiser. He gives us the results of centuries, so plainly told and so minutely explained that every farmer in the land would buy it and profit by it. The breeder of horses, cows, and pigs would find most valuable information in its pages; and the cultivator of corn, wheat, rye and potatoes would also learn valuable lessons.

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