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
The Retir’d Gard’ner.
In Two Volumes.
Being a Translation of Le Jardinier Solitaire or Dialogues between a Gentleman and a Gard’ner : Containing the Methods of Making, Ordering and Improving a Fruit and Kitchin-Garden, with many New Experiments, from the Second Edition Printed at Taris.
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