from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pit of wood or masonry, sunk in the earth, for containing fermenting materials to produce bottom-heat in forcing plants.
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Thence transfer to the forcing-pit as requirements demand; and they will need a week or ten days to prepare them for use.
In any and every case the highest temperature of the forcing-pit should be 70°; to go beyond that point will cause an attenuated growth and poverty of colour.
June bringing the whole multitude on together as in a natural forcing-pit.
The disposition to believe evil of men who have risen a few degrees above their contemporaries is a feature of human nature as common as it is base; and when to envy there are added fear and hatred, malicious anecdotes spring like mushrooms in a forcing-pit.
He understood the management of the greenhouse and hothouse, the cold-pit and the forcing-pit; nay, more -- he understood the names and nature of most of the plants that are cultivated in European countries; in other words, he was a botanist.