Historical Garden Books: The whole art of husbandry by J. (John) Mortimer (1721) – 39 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 Sure some ideas might be out of date, but you never know what you might find when you explore these catalogs. I’ll be sharing more catalogs as I find them in the coming weeks. –Douglas

Historical Garden Books: The whole art of husbandry: or, the way of managing and improving of land. Being a full collection of what hath been writ, either by ancient or modern authors: with many additions of new experiments and improvements not treated of by others. As also an account of the particular sorts of husbandry used in several counties; with proposals for its farther improvement. To which is added, the country-man’s kalendar. What he is to do every month in the year … by J. (John) Mortimer (1721) – 39 in a Series

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The Art of Husbandry: Or,

Care in propagating of it, have at leaf!; prevented thofe that have had Opportunities of experiencing its Advantage from making that Dedrusion and general Spoil, that hath every whereof late been made of Woods, had they kept particular Accounts of the Profit, or been able to make a true Judgment of their own Advantage, which, I think, in mod: Places to exceed that of the Plough, or mod: other forts of Hulbandry j for I have my felf tranfplanted an Elm, that in twenty Years time had above twenty Foot of Timber in it, and mud: have had a great deal more had it not been tranfplanted > where the Soil and other Circumflances were proper for it : For without a due Confideration of Particulars, no great Advantage can be expedted from this, or any other fort of Hulbandry 5 and though Art may improve Nature, yet the forcing of it commonly requires more Cod: and Labour than will turn to the Advantage of the Undertaker. And therefore, as ’tis from an Application of fuch Things as are agreeable to each other, that Profit mud proceed, I ihall endeavour according to fuch Method, to give the bed Information I can, of fuch Things as may be mod for the Advantage and Incouragement of the Planter and Farmer.

 

 


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Raised Garden Bed Made of Wood via Instructables

Yet another tutorial on making raised beds for your garden. Everyone has their own unique way of doing it. Check it out! — Douglas
 
 

I love gardening and I love making things from wood.

This is how I make my simple raised beds. You just need wood, a chop saw, drill, and screws.

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Historical Garden Books: Miniature and window gardening by Phoebe Allen (1902) – 38 in a Series

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Historical Garden Books: Miniature and window gardening by Phoebe Allen (1902) – 38 in a Series

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INTRODUCTION

Gardens were before gardeners, and but some hours after the earth,” says the quaint old author of ” Medico Religio,” and in- deed, from all time, love of gardening, in some form or another, has prevailed amongst men.

The suburban gardener is a latter-day- creation,” declares a writer of to-day; we would like to remind him of many and sun- dry Londoners of two centuries ago, who were enthusiastic horticulturists in their “close-by-town” residences. But whether of ancient or modern creation, there is no class of flower-growers with whom we feel a greater sympathy than with those dwellers in cities and suburbs, to whom a “plant of my own growing,” “a shrub of my own rearing,” mean a whole world of pride and enjoyment.

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Bulbs and seeds : Autumn 1913 by D.M. Ferry & Co – 25 in a series

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Historical Seed Catalogs: Bulbs and seeds : Autumn 1913 by D.M. Ferry & Co – 25 in a series

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D. M. FERRY & GO’S

BULB CATALOGUE

THERE are no flowers that give more pleasure and satisfaction than the winter and spring flowering bulbs.

These bulbs come mostly from Holland where the most favorable conditions of soil and climate, aided by centuries of the most painstaking cultural methods, have made it possible to supply less favored nations with a wealth of gorgeous beauty at a cost that seems trifling in comparison with the pleasure afforded. It is true that France, Japan, China and Bermuda contribute a share of the bulbs offered in this catalogue but their part is small compared with the cargoes that go forth annually from the ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam.

We have therefore to thank principally the pains- taking Dutch growers whose forethought makes it possible for us to have so much of pleasure and de- light at the time of year when the returns are the most acceptable. Soon after the disappearance of snow and long before the ordinary house flowers are available, the hardy Crocus and Snowdrop may be had in their perfection; then the fair and stately Hyacinth, followed by the varied and exquisite Tulip and the graceful and charming Narcissus.

Our name has long been the standard for that which is best in our line. There are few who can supply as good bulbs as ourselves and no one, no matter what his pretentions may be, is in better posi- tion to procure first-class bulbs true to name and of unexcelled quality. Now is the time to order. The cost is small and Ferry’s bulbs are rich in satisfaction.

 
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If your garden grass is patchy, consider a ground cover instead via chicagotribune.com

Homeowners often are frustrated when the lawn looks bad beneath trees. Starved for sun, the grass is thin and patchy.
The problem is that most popular lawn grasses are full-sun plants, according to Doris Taylor, Plant Clinic manager at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Even grass species sold as “shade-tolerant” will struggle in deep shade.
You also may choose a ground cover to replace lawn in any shady area where there isn’t enough sun for grass to thrive. Use a ground cover on a slope where mowing grass would be inconvenient or even dangerous. It can be the best option for a small city front yard or a courtyard.
What is a ground cover? “It’s not really a particular kind of plant,” Taylor said. “It’s any perennial plant that can be used instead of turf.”
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