On Different Sorts of Lime Used in Agriculture. By Smithson Tennant, Esq. F. R. S

S. Tennant
1799 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London  
I w a s informed last summer, that in the neighbourhood of Don caster, two kinds of lime were employed in agriculture, which were supposed to differ materially in their effects. One of these, which was procured near the town, it was necessary to use sparingly, and to spread very evenly over the land; for it was said that a large proportion of it, instead of increasing, diminished the fertility of the soil; and, that wherever a heap of it was left in one spot, all vegetation was prevented for
more » ... y years. Fifty or sixty bushels upon an acre, were considered to be as much as could be used with advantage. The other sort of lime, which was obtained from a village near Ferry-bridge, though consi derably dearer, from the distant carriage, was more frequently employed, on account of its superior utility. A large quantity was never found to be injurious; and the spots which were en tirely covered with it, instead of being rendered barren, became remarkably fertile. The different properties ascribed to these two kinds of lime were so very distinct, that it seemed pro bable they could not be imaginary; and it therefore appeared to be worth the trouble of ascertaining them more fully, and of attempting to discover the nature of the ingredients from
doi:10.1098/rstl.1799.0018 fatcat:at3anulv2va5vl5d5hbkxl3z2q