Historical Garden Books: Gardening a la Mode: Vegetables by Mrs. De Salis – 1 in a series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these books. I’ll be sharing more books as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

PREFACE

These little manuals on gardening are simply intended to help amateurs; they do not pretend to go deeply into the science of Vegetable and Fruit cultivation, as there are so many standard works on this interesting subject. These are merely proposed to be handy little books of reference for those persons who do their own gardening in a small way, and are the upshot of the well-known saying ‘ Experientia docet,’ as when we came to live in the country we were such Cockneys, we knew absolutely nothing of gardening ; and, as we had to make our garden, which was only a field, and could not afford an experienced gardener, we set to work to learn the art. We bought various books, and took in weekly periodicals on the subject, and experimented on the advice therein contained until we found out for ourselves what succeeded best, and I am proud to say our experiments have been crowned with success: these little volumes 1 are the result of the advice we followed. Of course in such abridged works I cannot write all I could j wish; still, I hope they will prove of some use to my readers. But I recommend those who do their own gardening to purchase Johnson’s ‘ Dictionary of Gardening ‘ as a reference ; also Messrs. Sutton’s ‘ work on the Culture of Vegetables, and Watts’ ‘ Orchard and Fruit Garden ‘ ; and to take in the following weeklies” ‘ The Gardener/ ‘ Home and I Farm/ ‘ Field, Farm, and Fireside/ each costing one penny.

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Gardening à la mode–vegetables
by De Salis, Mrs. (Harriet Anne)

Publication date 1895
Topics Vegetable gardening, Vegetables, Cookery (Vegetables), cbk
Publisher London ; New York : Longmans, Green
Collection bostonpubliclibrary; americana
Digitizing sponsor Boston Public Library
Contributor Boston Public Library
Language English
Caption title: Gardening–vegetables

Companion vol. to the author’s Gardening à la mode–fruits. 1895

Includes index

Bitting, K.G. Gastronomic bib.

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The Ten Commandments of Community Gardens via City of Sydney, Australia

I was looking for items to share on the site for our local community garden project, The Community Garden of Sherman Oaks,  and came across this great poster from the City of Sydney. A great place to start in your community garden. Sometimes the simplest rules are the ones we need to be reminded about. — Douglas

The Ten Commandments of Community Gardens via City of Sydney, Australia

The Ten Commandments of Community Gardens via City of Sydney, Australia

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