American Agriculturist 2: 58 (1943)

Use of Charcoal in the Culture of Plants.—Almost every foreign agricultural publication that we take up is teeming with articles upon this subject, and from numerous experiments by the Abbé Piccone, he proves it without doubt an efficacious manure. It consists principally of oxyde of carbon, the primary element  f vegetable productions. It is also found an excellent preservative from drought, and is sought for with avidity to spread upon ground liable to be burnt by the sun.

Mr. Partridge, of this city, in one of his articles on city manures, which appeared in our December No., pointed out the use of charcoal and the waste of it here. When the value of such things becomes better known and appreciated among our farmers, we trust that our corporation will be able to receive $64 500 per annum, rather than pay it out for the sweeping of the streets and carting away the offal. Several of the cities of Europe obtain considerable incomes from these sources; and we believe that our sister city of Boston, in Massachusetts, also does the same.

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