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Michigan

Ancient Garden Beds

They consist of raised patches of ground, separated by sunken paths, and were generally arranged in plats or blocks of parallel beds. These varied in dimensions, being from five to sixteen feet in width, in length from twelve to more than one hundred feet, and in height six to eighteen inches. The tough sod of the prairie had preserved very sharply all the out lines. According to the universal testimony, these beds were laid out and fashioned with a skill, order and symmetry which distinguished them from the ordinary operations of agriculture, and were combined with some peculiar features that belong to no recognized system of horticul In the midst of diversity, sufficient uniformity is discoverable to enable me to group the beds and gardens, as in the following CLASSIFICATIONS :
1 Wide convex beds, in parallel rows, without paths, composing inde- pendent plats. (Width of beds 12 feet, paths none, length 74 to 115 feet,)

Farming


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