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Sowed

Sow \Sow\, v. t. [imp. Sowed; p. p. Sownor Sowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sowing.] [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. s[=a]wan; akin to OFries. s?a, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. s[=a]jan, G. s["a]en, Icel. s[=a], Sw. s[*a], Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. s[=e]ti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  1. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate. ``He would sow some difficulty.''
    --Chaucer.

    A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside.
    --Matt. xiii. 3, 4.

    And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers.
    --Addison.

  2. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle.

    The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, . . . and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles.
    --Sir M. Hale.

    [He] sowed with stars the heaven.
    --Milton.

    Now morn . . . sowed the earth with orient pearl.
    --Milton.

Sowed

Sow \Sow\, v. t. [imp. Sowed; p. p. Sownor Sowed; p. pr. & vb. n. Sowing.] [OE. sowen, sawen, AS. s[=a]wan; akin to OFries. s?a, D. zaaijen, OS. & HG. s[=a]jan, G. s["a]en, Icel. s[=a], Sw. s[*a], Dan. saae, Goth. saian, Lith. s[=e]ti, Russ. sieiate, L. serere, sevi. Cf. Saturday, Season, Seed, Seminary.]

  1. To scatter, as seed, upon the earth; to plant by strewing; as, to sow wheat. Also used figuratively: To spread abroad; to propagate. ``He would sow some difficulty.''
    --Chaucer.

    A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside.
    --Matt. xiii. 3, 4.

    And sow dissension in the hearts of brothers.
    --Addison.

  2. To scatter seed upon, in, or over; to supply or stock, as land, with seeds. Also used figuratively: To scatter over; to besprinkle.

    The intellectual faculty is a goodly field, . . . and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles.
    --Sir M. Hale.

    [He] sowed with stars the heaven.
    --Milton.

    Now morn . . . sowed the earth with orient pearl.
    --Milton.

Wiktionary

sowed

vb. (en-past of: sow)

Usage examples of "sowed".

It may be pastured in the spring for several weeks, and the land then plowed and sowed with millet or rape, or planted with corn, sorghum, late potatoes, or certain vegetables, or it may be allowed to grow for several weeks and then plowed, to be followed by one or the other of these crops.

The deeper the land is plowed, therefore, the longer should be the interval before it is sowed, but ample rainfall will shorten this period.

At other times, it is sowed on land stirred on the surface to a greater or less depth, and sprouted through the aid of irrigating waters.

The seed is usually sowed by hand and without admixture, but the Fachl variety is sown in some instances with wheat or barley when seed is wanted.

Both fields were just alike, both plowed and sowed alike, without manure, except 200 lbs of Peruvian guano upon one, and that sure to bring fifteen or twenty bushels to the acre, while the other would not exceed three bushels.

From 15 to 20 bushels for one sowed, is the ordinary product on our poorest lands, from the application of 200 lbs.

A lot on which 15 bushels was sowed, and dressed with Peruvian guano, was threshed separately, and yielded 301 bushels, or over 20 for one.

I have good reason to expect with a favorable season from the crop now sowed and dressed with guano, a bushel of wheat for every dollar of the prime cost of the farm.

Last fall the same land, after remaining one year in clover, was again sowed with one bushel of wheat and dressed with 140 lbs.

Upon 36 acres, same kind of soil, well manured in the previous crop of corn, sowed 36 bushels and made 162.

I therefore bought guano, mixed it with its bulk of plaster, then added fine charcoal, the same, and to this mixture double the whole bulk of deposit of the Roanoke river, a rich alluvial earth, and sowed the whole broadcast in February and March, and harrowed it in, on the top of the wheat I sowed at the rate of 200 lbs.

Rolled them down and plowed under and sowed wheat, five pecks to the acre, and made a heavier crop than ever before made on same land, which he attributes entirely to the guano.

Guanoed corn should be sowed in wheat, particularly whenever it has been dressed with a large quantity.

I forgot to say that the land had been fallowed in with three horses in the month of August, and the wheat sowed in October.

In our climate we can sow wheat on the poorest corn ground late in November and have as fine a crop, and harvest it as soon, as we can obtain from well prepared and fallowed without guano sowed early in the season, For every 100 lbs.