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best : after digging the ground properly, let these be planted in a nursury in rows, one foot distant from each other, and the plants six inches apart in the rows.
Hoe them, and keep them clean, till the plants have attained a proper size, which may be in three or four years. If the soil has been good, the plants in that time will be eight or ten feet high, and the thickness of a man's thumb, at the height of of four feet, which I fhould reckon proper size for the
intended. When you have, by this means, or otherwise, obtained a proper supply of plants, lay out your fields as you inte:d them, the winter before you mean to plant; and if it be a plain field, plough up a narrow ridge where you intend to plant your hedge, or dig it with the spade, where the plough cannot go; give it a winter and spring fallow, to clean it from weeds, and loosen the soil. Dung this small ridge very thoroughly; and as the ridge needs not exceed six or eight feet in breadth, a very little dung will go a great way ; and sow it with turnips. Hoe them properly, and keep the ground clean. When they are taken off in November, the ground will be in excellent order for planting.
When the ground is ready, take up your poplar plants ; prune off the tops, at the height of six feet from the ground, and, having trimmed the roots, plant a row of them, by line, near the middle of the prepared ridge, at the distance of not more than one foot from each other, or lefs, if the roots will permit. Let these all slope in one direction, as in the plate fig. 4. parallel to each other, in the direction of the hedge, as at A B fig. 4. The ground plan is represented in fig. 5. where the same plants are represented ;-those sloping to the right hand from A to B.
When this row is completed thus, stretch the line parallel to the former, at the distance of fifteen or sixteen
inches from it, as in the dotted line, D E fig. 5. and plant in that line another row, sloping the reverse way, as from D to E, fig. 4. When these two lines are cempleted, the fence, when viewed sideways, will have the appearance represented at CCD B fig. 4. This kind of rail, however, is not interlaced, as in a basket; but the two rows are kept quite distinct; as must appear evident by inspection of the ground plan fig. 5. A B represents the groand plan of those that slope from left to right; and D E the plan ofthose that slope the reverse way,
the tops of which meet at C C fig. 4.
These two rows, however, though distant from each other at the bottom, are made to incline inward, so as to approach each other at the top, as in fig. 6. which represents an end view of the fence when completed.
To complete the whole, let a thin slit of deal, like a tile lath, be stretched along the top, as from C to C fig. 4. so as that the stoops on each side of it, come close to it as in fig. 4. the whole being bound by means of a straw rope twisted round this lath and the top of the stoops ; and the skeleton of your fence is completed. In this state it assumes the appearance, and is an equally good fence as a rail would be.
To render it complete, however, you must take care, after one side of the fence is finished, to lay the earth that is to be in the interval between the two rows perfectly smooth, and to plant, with a dibble, a row of sweet briar plants, as from a to b fig. 5. These plants should not be more than two years of age ; and their tops, at the time of planting, should be cut over quite close by the ground. This will make them push out with great vigour, $o as quickly to fill up the whole interval between the plants, and to make a hedge as close as could be wish. ed. If the ground be good, and the operations properly
conducted, some of these sweet briars will make shoots of four feet in length the first year.
It will be necessary to be at some pains to pull out by hand, the first year, any weeds that may spring up between the rows; and to hoe down those that may spring up on either side.
The poplars will make shoots equally vigorous as the sweet briar; so that the first year some of the young shoots will be from two to three feet in height. Any shoots that spring out from the stem will rise up perpendicularly, so as to form a secondary kind of ribs. These, if laid in by the hand once a-year, so as to bring them on the inside of the original stems, will in time acquire strength, as the original ribs do, so as to resist any force. The sweet briar, which, of itself, would fall dangling to one side, is thus kept firm and upright in the center; the shoots which push through between the ribs, ought to be cut off with a hedge sheers once a-year. The hedge being thus wider at the bottom than the top, will always continue green and vigorous. The poplars will gradually assume the size and strength of trees, so as to be utterly impene. trable by any force. At top they will send out a vast profusion of vigorous shoots, not less than three or four feet high, and of proportional thickness, each year ; so that if these tops be lopped off every second year, they will afford an immense profusion of brush wood, which may be employed as fuel, or for any other purpose wanted.
. After the first year, the cross rail at the top will be no longer wanted. Indeed, where cattle are not to be put into the field the first year, it is not necessary at all. Nor is it advisable to put cattle into the field the first year ; for although it may be a fence, yet as the shoots of the poplar are smooth, and the leaf liked by cattle, they will brouse upon it, and render the fence less sightly than it otherwise would be.
After the second year, however, the sweet briar will cover the whole so effectually, as to render this perfectly safe from all attacks.
*** I am convinced, that, were truncheons of poplar, of a proper size, cut over and planted without roots, they would succeed perfectly well ; and the fence could thus be made at a much smaller expence, than by rooted plants ; but never having experienced this myself, I only offer it as matter of opinion. Any kind of straight shooting wil. low could be employed for the same purpose in rich soil.
Fig. 6. represents an end view of the hedge, in which A is the hedge new planted, before it has set out any shoots. B, the same hedge after it has been planted a year or two, and has shot out some strong shoots. C, the same hedge when farther grown, the top shoots cut off, and the sides properly trimmed.
TO CORRESPONDENTS, "The hints by Curiosus fall be take into consideration.
The favour by an Old Correspondent is revised, and shall have a place with the first convenience.
The communication by Misobrantes will appear in next number if porsible;, and here this altercation ends.
The Editor, though grateful for the good intentions of Tom Idle, regrets that he should have taken the trouble of transch
cribing such a long story which cannot suit the Lee; as it has been related in almost every periodical publication in Britain. Republications are only here admitted when their merit is conspicuous, or where they are bue little known.
Mr Wright's acceptable communication is thankfully received, and shall be attended to in due time; some of the cochons Thall be forwarded the first opportunity.
The Editor returns thanks for the anonymous account of the interment of Charles 1. . It would have been more satisfactory if some notice had been given where the MSS, from whence it has been extracted, has been preserved
The anecdote of Batbyllus, though pretty generally known among clafLeical scholars, shall have a place when room can be spared for ir.
Many acknowledgements are omitted for want of room.
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