Monday, September 6, 2010

George Washington On Crop Rotation

General Washington was not just a great, revolutionary leader, he was a great farmer whose heart was always at Mount Vernon, even while he was away.  Can you see any wisdom in this for the homesteader who plants raised bed gardens?

"Consequently two things must be engrafted into our plan: 1st, Crops which are useful on our farms, or saleable in our markets, and 2d, the intermixing these crops by such relations and with such dressing as will improve, instead of exhausting our lands. To effect these is the great desiderata of Farming, and ought to be the pursuit of every farmer. On this ground every experiment is a treasure, and the authors of them valuable members of Society. "

George Washington

(Letter to Charles Carter, January 20, 1788)

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