Fragment 490281



when it encounters soil sweet,

Original French:  quand il rencontre terrouoir doulx,

Modern French:  quand il rencontre terrouoir doulx,


Planting hemp

Hemp demands a rich, manured, well-watered soil, or one that is level, moist, and deeply worked. Six grains of this seed to the square foot are planted at the rising of Arcturus, which means toward the end of February, about the sixth or fifth day before the Calends of March; and yet no harm will be done in planting it up to the spring equinox if the weather is rainy.

Lucius Iunius Moderatus Columella [4–c. 70 AD]
On Agriculture (De Re Rustica)
Harrison Boyd Ash [1891–1944], translator
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1941
Loeb Classical Library



Posted 9 February 2013. Modified 19 February 2017.

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