"To Devonshire, or Denshire land -
That is to pare off the top-soil or surface thereof, and lay it upon heaps and burn it; which ashes are a marvelous improvement to battle barren land, by reason of the fixt salt they contain. This course they take with their barren spoungy healthy land in many Counties of England, and call it Denshiring. Land so used will bare two or three good crops of corn, and then must be thrown down again."
[Burning topsoil! How short termist!]