CHAPTER I. HOW IT BEGAN
ALONG the edge of the Sound, from Stamford to New York, we had looked everywhere in the hope that we might find a small house, a little garden, and a low rent. These things seldom grow together. Houses with no land-, land enough with big houses, and both land and houses in plenty at high rents. At last it was found ; a six-room house with a mere handkerchief of a garden, measuring about one-thirtieth of an acre, or about as big as a city back yard. The soil was a wet, heavy clay, full of stones, and shaded by a number of tall trees growing on the next lot. In March, 1887, we moved to the place, and on the twenty-first we paid twenty-five cents for one paper of Boston Market Lettuce seed. So it was the scrap of a garden began, and thereon does hang the more or less learned remarks that make this book.- There are people so constituted that they cannot see anything remarkable in a paper of seeds. A seed is potential wealth — bran new wealth that does not exist, but waits the partnership of nature and the gardener. Seeds are about the cheapest thing in the world. At wholesale a cent will buy a hundred seeds of lettuce. An acre of ground, if managed by a man who knows his trade, will produce in one sea- son 40,000 heads of lettuce. New York will calmly eat every head at three cents each and cry for more. You would probably pay at the store five cents a head or $2,000 for the lot.
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- Publication date 1889
- Topics Vegetable gardening. [from old catalog]
- Publisher New York, E. H. Libby
- Collection library_of_congress; biodiversity; fedlink
- Digitizing sponsor Sloan Foundation
- Contributor The Library of Congress
- Language English
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