Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming

by Edmund Morris (1804-1874)


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When author Edmund Morris left the Philadelphia business world in the early 1800s and bought a small farm in the New Jersey countryside, he was so pleased with the results of his venture that he decided to tell others how he accomplished it.
His simply written chronicle — one of the most popular books of its time — emphasizes that agricultural success depends not on how much you grow but on what and how. Between thoughtful discussions of choosing the location, selecting crops, and planting an orchard, he contrasts city and country life, despairs over weeds and raising pigs, counts his gains and losses at the end of the first year, and writes warmly about the joys of establishing a home.
Easy to comprehend and intended for anyone who wants to get away from it all, this delightfully written book will captivate Americana enthusiasts, would-be owners of small farms, and anyone drawn to the idea of an agrarian lifestyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486437378
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 07/26/2004
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 756,439
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

I.City Experiences--Moderate Expectations1
II.Practical Views--Safety of Investments in Land5
III.Resolved to go--Escape from Business--Choosing a Location10
IV.Buying a Farm--A Long Search--Anxiety to sell--Forced to quit15
V.Making a Purchase--First Impressions20
VI.Planting a Peach-orchard--How to preserve Peach-trees23
VII.Planting Raspberries and Strawberries--Tricks of the Nursery31
VIII.Blackberries--A Remarkable Coincidence36
IX.The Garden--Female Management--Comforts and Profits43
X.Cheated in a Cow--A Good and Bad One--The Saint of the Barnyard49
XI.A Cloud of Weeds--Great Sales of Plants56
XII.Pigs and Poultry--Luck and Ill Luck64
XIII.City and Country Life contrasted72
XIV.Two Acres in Truck--Revolution in Agriculture77
XV.Birds, and the Services they Render86
XVI.Close of my First Year--Its Loss and Gain93
XVII.My Second Year--Trenching the Garden--Strawberry Profits98
XVIII.Raspberries--The Lawtons111
XIX.Liquid Manures--An Illustration118
XX.My Third Year--Liquid Manure--Three Years' Results125
XXI.A Barnyard Manufactory--Land Enough--Faith in Manure133
XXII.Profits of Fruit-growing--The Trade in Berries141
XXIII.Gentleman-farming--Establishing a Home153
XXIV.Unsuccessful Men--Rebellion not Ruinous to Northern Agriculture158
XXV.Where to Locate--East or West165

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