Book of the Farm

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  • Edition: CONCISE
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Batsford
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This indispensable 19th-century reference, referred to by the historians working on the BBC seriesVictorian Farm, is now fully revised by Alex Langlands, who starred on the program. It covers the complete farming year, from sheep shearing to harvesting, and includes advice on practical farm skills, equipment, and rural life, along with illustrations and poetry from the original edition.

Author Biography

Archaeologist and historian Alex Langlands is an expert in 19th-century farming practice, and appeared on the BBC TV series Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
The Persons who Labour on the Farmp. 18
Winterp. 24
Introductionp. 26
Soils and subsoilsp. 28
Planting of thorn hedgesp. 31
The ploughp. 34
Drainingp. 42
Yoking and harnessing the plough, and swing treesp. 45
Drawing and storing turnips, cabbage, carrots and parshipsp. 50
Driving and slaughtering sheepp. 60
Rearing and feeding cattle on turnips in winterp. 68
Driving and slaughtering cattlep. 72
Treatment of farm horses in winterp. 78
Fattening, driving and slaughtering swinep. 82
The treatment of fowl in winterp. 86
Thrashing and winnowing grain, and the thrashing machinep. 92
Strawp. 102
The forming of dunghillsp. 104
Springp. 106
Introductionp. 108
Cows calving, and calvesp. 110
Sowing spring wheatp. 118
Sowing oat seedp. 124
Sowing barley seedp. 126
Seed germinationp. 127
Sowing grass seedp. 130
Sowing flax and hempp. 134
Sowing beansp. 136
Switching, pruning and water tabling thorn hedgesp. 139
The lambing of ewesp. 146
Training and working the shepherd's dogp. 154
Turning dunghills and compostsp. 158
Planting potatoesp. 162
Breaking in young draught horsesp. 168
Sows farrowing or litteringp. 172
The hatching of fowlsp. 176
Summerp. 186
Introductionp. 188
Sowing turnips, mangelwurzel, rape, carrots and parshipsp. 190
Clearning stones, repairing fences, and the proper construction of field gatesp. 198
Weaning calves and bulls, and grazing cattle till winterp. 203
Sheep washing, sheep shearing and weaning lambsp. 212
Making butter and cheesep. 222
Weeding corn, green crops, pastures and hedges, and casualities to plantsp. 234
Haymakingp. 236
Summer following and liming the soilp. 246
Building stone dykesp. 249
Autumnp. 252
Introductionp. 254
Pulling, steeping and drying flax and hempp. 256
Harvesting rye, wheat, barley, oats, beans and peasep. 259
Carrying in and stacking wheat, barley, oats, beans and peasep. 272
Drafting ewes and gimmers, tupping ewes, and bathing and dipping sheepp. 280
Lifting and pitting potatoesp. 285
Sowing autumn wheatp. 290
Agricultural wheel carriagesp. 294
Eggsp. 298
Conclusionp. 300
Indexp. 301
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