Historical Garden Books – 61 in a series – The gardener’s text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857)

Historical Garden Books – 61 in a series – The gardener’s text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857)

Historical Garden Books - 61 in a series - The gardener's text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857)

Historical Garden Books - 61 in a series - The gardener's text-book: containing practical directions upon the formation and management of the kitchen garden (1857)

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INTRODUCTION

A Kitchen Garden is, properly, a piece of ground devoted to the culture of esculent vegetables alone ; but, it has become customary also to include within its limits, several varieties of fruit, and such herbs as are considered most valuable for medicinal purposes. Large fruit trees belong of right to the orchard, because when placed in a garden, it will be found that their extended roots greatly impoverish the soil, while their overhanging branches are injurious to nearly every kind of vegetation which may be in their vicinity.

It is gratifying to notice among our population a growing taste for horticultural pursuits. Our wide-spread country embraces every variety of soil and climate, essential to the production of t!ie choicest fruits and vegetables in their perfection. But, it would seem that, until within a few years, we have been strangely unmindful of these advantages with which we are favored by nature, and that in the management of the kitchen garden, we have been far behind the peasantry of some European states.



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