OF PLANTING TREES, AND ESPECIALLY VINES, OLIVES, AND FIGS. HOW THAT AGRICULTURE IS EASY TO LEARN.
DOES the planting of trees also, I asked, belong to the art of husbandry?
Yes, it does, replied Ischomachus.
How then, said I, could I understand the details of sowing, and yet understand nothing about planting trees?
Well, do not you understand anything about it? asked Ischomachus.
How should I? was my answer; I who do not know either in what kind of soil one ought to plant, nor what depth and breadth and length the holes should be dug; nor how to set the plant in the earth so that it might grow best?
Come, then, said Ischomachus, and learn whatever you do not understand. The sort of pits they dig for plants I am sure you have seen, said he.