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John Ferguson Diary, 1874

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WEDNESDAY 27

Was engaged in planting potatoes nearly all day - planted 9 bush of "Early Rose" and 4 bush of "Garnet Chili" on about 3/4 of an acre - Put them in by plowing dropping the potatoes in every thind furrow, 12 inches apart 30 inches between the rows.

THURSDAY 28

Commenced pruning the old orchard. there is a good deal to cut out mostly dead branches, the apple blossoms are just coming out. the cherry and plum are jading - Finished the line fence next to D. Wiggins. Received a copy of "St. Louis Globe" from Uncle GJ Harrington.

FRIDAY 29

Finished the job yesterday and haulted the branches into a pile in the summer gallow, it will make a respectable bonfire some day soon - Spent evening at Choir Practice, a good turnout and we had a good sing. Bought some fish hooks and lines for to angle in Etobicoke.

SATURDAY, 30

Commenced manuring the summer gallow. the manure is extra quality but will only have enough to cover the higher ground. The weather is very warm rain is needed badly for the spring crops. the wire worm is busy at the spring wheat and oats.

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