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Unformatted text preview: 1 Reading 20-1 READING 20-1 From Maison Rustique, or, The Countrey Farmse; Compiled in the French Tongue by Charles Stevens (Es- tienne), and John Liebault, Doctors of Physicke (1616 edition, augmented by Gervase Markham). OF THE APPLE-TREE The Apple-tree The Apple-tree which is most in request, and the most precious of all others, and therefore called of Homer, the Tree with the goodly fruit, groweth any where, and in as much as it loveth to have the inward part of his wood moist and sweatie, you must give him his lodging in a fat, blacke, and moist ground; and therefore if it be planted in a gravelly and sandie ground, it must be helped with watering, and batling with dung and smal mould in the time of Autumne. It liveth and continueth in all desireable good estate in the hills and mountaines where it may have fresh moisture, being the thing that it searcheth after, but even there it must stand in the open face of the South. Some make nurceries of the pippins sowne, but and if they be not afterward removed and grafted, they hold not their former excellencie: it thriveth somewhat more when...
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