MANG LON 57 >< If the plant be allowed to remain in the ground till the following
See also:year strong leafy angular aerial stems are
See also:developed, 3 ft. or more in height, which branch and bear the inflorescences . The
See also:flowers are arranged in dense sessile clusters subtended by a small bract, and resemble those of the true
See also:beet . The so-called seeds are clusters of
See also:spurious fruits . After fertilization the fleshy receptacle and the
See also:base of the perianth of each flower enlarge and the flowers in a cluster become
See also:united; the fleshy parts with the ovaries, each of which contains one seed, become hard and woody . Hence several seeds are
See also:present in one " seed " of commerce, which necessitates the careful thinning of a
See also:crop, as several seedlings may
See also:spring from one " seed." This plant is very susceptible of injury from
See also:frost, and hence in the
See also:short summer of Scotland it can neither be sown so early nor
See also:left in the ground so
See also:late as would be requisite for its mature growth . But it is peculiarly adapted for those
See also:southern parts of England where the
See also:climate is too hot and dry for the successful cultivation. of the
See also:turnip . In feeding quality it rivals the swede; it is much relished by livestock—pigs especially doing remarkably well upon it; and it keeps in
See also:condition till midsummer if required . The valuable constituent of mangel is dry
See also:matter which averages about 12% as against it % in swedes . Of this two-thirds may be
See also:sugar, which only develops fully during storage . Indeed, it is only after it has been some months in the
See also:store heap that mangel becomes a palatable and safe
See also:food for
See also:cattle . It is, moreover, exempt from the attacks of the turnip beetle . On all these accounts, therefore, it is peculiarly valuable in those parts of
See also:Great Britain where the summer is usually hot and dry .
Up to the
See also:act of depositing the seed, the processes of preparation for mangel are similar to those described for the turnip; winter dunging being even more appropriate for the former than for the latter . The
See also:common drilling
See also:machines are easily fitted for
See also:sowing its large rough seeds, which should be sown from the beginning of
See also:April to the
See also:middle of May and may be deposited either on ridges or on the
See also:flat . The after culture is like that of the turnip . The
See also:plants are thinned out at distances of not less than 15 in. apart . Transplanting can be used for filling up of gaps with more certainty of success than in the case of swedes, but it is much more economical to avoid such gaps by sowing a little swede seed along with the mangel . Several varieties of the plant are cultivated—those in best repute being the long red, the yellow globe and the
See also:tankard, intermediate in shape . This crop requires a heavier dressing of manure than the turnip to grow it in perfection,. and is much benefited by having
See also:salt mixed with the manure at the
See also:rate of 2 or 3 cwt. per acre . Nitrogenous
See also:manures are of more marked value than phosphatic manures . The crop requires to be secured in store heaps as early in autumn as possible, as it is easily injured by frost .
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