What is CHARCOAL?

This finds varied use in the gardeners hands, but is not of any very great importance. It is an ingredient of potting soils for many plants, and a couple of pots full of charcoal dust per bushel of soil, or even more of the lump charcoal, can after crushing be used. Lump charcoal can be put instead of potsherds at the bottom of pots for drainage purposes, and it ensures the soil being kept sweet. It can also be put into vases for keeping the water of cut flowers fresh and sweet. One small lump in the bottom of each vase is usually quite sufficient for the purpose, and is said to be better even than permanganate of potash. Out of doors, charcoal dust can be used in the preparation of seed-beds. It may be used either alone or mixed with wood ashes. It can be forked in freely round extra choice plants. There is a form known as animal charcoal, but the gardener has no use for this. The remarks above apply only to wood charcoal.E.

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