Historical Garden Books – 84 in a series – Jottings of a gentleman farmer : a practical guide to flower gardening for amateur gardeners : to which is added some suggestions on growing food plants during the war (1917) by E. T. (Ernest Tetley) Ellis
SINCE this book was completed in October, 1916, the question of food production has become one of national importance, and it did not seem right to publish it without some reference to the culture of vegetables. The last two chapters have therefore been added to meet the special circumstances of the time. Although thirty deal with flower growing, and only two with vegetables, it must be remembered that much of the work described under soils and manures holds good alike for flowers and vegetables.
Even in War-time, when food is so important, I am convinced that we can hardly do without flowers, for they can do so much to brighten up the hours, days, and weeks which might otherwise to many of us be full of gloom, and, maybe, sorrow. Who will deny that flowers cheer us and help us through our difficulties ? So it really needs little apology for bringing out the work at the present time. It may be criticised in some of its details, and I hope critics will not ” spare my feelings,” if they feel it their duty to pull it to pieces. I am, happily, used to criticism ; some years of writing for the Press enable me to enjoy it. Any practical suggestions for making the book more generally useful to amateurs will be most welcome, and my Publishers have kindly undertaken to forward letters to me.
T cannot let this book appear without a few words of thanks. I have specially to thank my brother, Mr. Edward Ellis, for the interest he has taken in it ; Mr. Lucas for his assistance and advice on several details ; and my Publishers for their valuable suggestions during its progress through the Press.
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