At York Court, dined with the Judges, and spent the Evening at Ritchies with Bradbury
and Hale of Portsmouth, a sensible young Lawyer. Bradbury says there is no need of
Dung upon your Mowing Land if you dont feed it in the Fall nor Spring. Let the old
Fog remain upon it, and die and rot and be washed into the Ground, and dont suffer
your Cattle to tread upon it and so poach and break the soil, and you will never want
Recipe to make Manure.
Take the Soil and Mud, which you cutt up and throw out when you dig Ditches in a Salt
Marsh, and put 20 Load of it in a heap. Then take 20 Loads of common Soil or mould
of Upland and Add to the other. Then to the whole add 20 Loads of Dung, and lay the
whole in a Heap, and let it lay 3 months, then take your Spades And begin at one End
of the Heap, and dig it up and throw it into another Heap, there let it lie, till
the Winter when the Ground is frozen, and then cart it on, to your English Grass Land.—Ten
or 20 Loads to an Acre, as you choose.—Rob. Temple learnt it in England, and first
practised it at Ten Hills. From him the Gentry at Cambridge have learnt it, and they
all Practise it.
I will bring up 20 or 30 Loads, of this Salt Marsh Mud, and lay it in my Cow Yard
upon the Sea Weed that is there, bring up that which lies in the Road by James Bracketts
as we go to Mr. Quincys. Q[uery]. Would not a Load of fresh meadow Mud, and a Load of Salt Meadow Mud with some Sand,
and some dung &c. make a good Mixture.
If I can so fence and secure Deacon Belchers and Lt. Belchers Orchards, as not to
feed them at all in the Fall, Winter nor Spring I could get a fine Crop of English
Hay from thence. But I must keep up my Fences all Winter to keep off my Neighbours
Creatures, Hogs, Horses, Oxen, Cows and Sheep.