It is this power of creating a more crumbly tilth on stiff clays that makes lime so valuable to the farmer.
Every effort should be made to prepare a good mealy tilth by suitable ploughing, harrowing and consolidation.
The land, having been ploughed in autumn, is prepared for sowing by working it with the grubber, harrow and roller, until a fine tilth is obtained.
In early districts seeding may take place as early as February, provided a fine tilth is obtainable, but it rarely extends beyond the end of April.
It tends to improve the tilth and the capillarity of the soil by binding sands together somewhat and by opening up clays.
If the tenant neglected to reclaim the land the Code enacted that he must hand it over in good tilth and fixed a statutory rent.