SCIENCE AND PRACTICE
JAMES BUCKMAN, F.L.S., F.G.S.
LATE PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY AND
RURAL ECONOMY AT THE ROYAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.
ROBERT HARDWICKE, 192, PICCADILLY.
JOHN CHALMERS MORTON, ESQ.,
The talented Editor of the
MANY OF THE FACTS AND
OPINIONS ALREADY DETAILED
IN WHICH INFLUENTIAL JOURNAL
ARE HERE BUT REPEATED,
AS A SMALL TOKEN OF
ADMIRATION AND RESPECT,
BY HIS FAITHFUL FRIEND,
ON THE ORIGIN OF ROOT CROPS.
who have studied the matter attentively but have arrived
at the conclusion that those plants which we cultivate
for their roots were not naturally endowed with the root
portion of their structure either of the size or form
which would now be considered as essential for a perfect
crop plant. Thus the parsnip, carrot, turnip, beet, &c.,
as we find them in nature, have nowhere the large,
fleshy, smooth appearance which belongs to their
cultivated forms; and hence all the varieties of these
that we meet with in cultivation must be considered as
derivatives from original wild forms, obtained by
cultivative processes; that is, collecting their
seed, planting it in a prepared bed, stimulating the
growth of the plants with manures, thinning, regulating,
weeding, and such other acts as constitute farming or
gardening, as the case may be........................