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Home Vegetable Gardening

Home Vegetable Gardening

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Home vegetable gardening.txtThe Project Gutenberg EBook of Home Vegetable Gardening, by F. F. RockwellCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: Home Vegetable GardeningA Complete And Practical Guide To The Planting And Care Of AllVegetables, Fruits And Berries Worth Growing For Home UseAuthor: F. F. RockwellRelease Date: December, 2004 [EBook #7123][Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule][This file was first posted on March 12, 2003]Edition: 10Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HOME VEGETABLE GARDENING ***Produced by Michelle Shephard, Tiffany Vergon, Juliet Sutherland,Charles Franks, Charles Aldarondo, and the Online DistributedProofreading Team.HOME VEGETABLE GARDENINGA COMPLETE AND PRACTICAL GUIDETO THE PLANTING AND CARE OF ALLVEGETABLES, FRUITS AND BERRIESWORTH GROWING FOR HOME USEBYF. F. ROCKWELLAuthor of _Around the Year in the Garden_,_Gardening Indoors and Under Glass_,_The Key to the Land,_ etc., etc.Page 1
Home vegetable gardening.txtPREFACEWith some, the home vegetable garden is a hobby; with others,especially in these days of high prices, a great help. There are manyin both classes whose experience in gardening has been restrictedwithin very narrow bounds, and whose present spare time for gardeningis limited. It is as "first aid" to such persons, who want to dopractical, efficient gardening, and do it with the least possible fussand loss of time, that this book is written. In his own experience theauthor has found that garden books, while seldom lacking ininformation, often do not present it in the clearest possible way. Ithas been his aim to make the present volume first of all practical, andin addition to that, though comprehensive, yet simple and concise. Ifit helps to make the way of the home gardener more clear and definite,its purpose will have been accomplished.CONTENTSCHAPTERI INTRODUCTIONII WHY YOU SHOULD GARDENIII REQUISITES OF THE HOME VEGETABLE GARDENIV THE PLANTING PLANV IMPLEMENTS AND THEIR USESVI MANURES AND FERTILIZERSVII THE SOIL AND ITS PREPARATIONPART TWO--VEGETABLESVIII STARTING THE PLANTSIX SOWING AND PLANTINGX THE CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLESXI THE VEGETABLES AND THEIR SPECIAL NEEDSXII BEST VARIETIES OF THE GARDEN VEGETABLESXIII INSECTS AND DISEASE, AND METHODS OF FIGHTING THEMXIV HARVESTING AND STORINGPART THREE--FRUITSXV THE VARIETIES OF POME AND STONE FRUITSXVI PLANTING; CULTIVATION; FILLER CROPSXVII PRUNING, SPRAYING, HARVESTINGXVIII BERRIES AND SMALL FRUITSXIX A CALENDAR OF OPERATIONSXX CONCLUSIONCHAPTER IINTRODUCTIONFormerly it was the custom for gardeners to invest their labors andachievements with a mystery and secrecy which might well havediscouraged any amateur from trespassing upon such difficult ground."Trade secrets" in either flower or vegetable growing were acquired bythe apprentice only through practice and observation, and in turnjealously guarded by him until passed on to some younger brother in thePage 2
Home vegetable gardening.txtprofession. Every garden operation was made to seem a wonderful anddifficult undertaking. Now, all that has changed. In fact the pendulumhas swung, as it usually does, to the other extreme. Often, if you area beginner, you have been flatteringly told in print that you couldfrom the beginning do just as well as the experienced gardener.My garden friend, it cannot, as a usual thing, be done. Of course, itmay happen and sometimes does. You _might_, being a trusting lamb,go down into Wall Street with $10,000 [Ed. Note: all monetary valuesthroughout the book are 1911 values] and make a fortune. You know thatyou would not be likely to; the chances are very much against you. Thisgarden business is a matter of common sense; and the man, or the woman,who has learned by experience how to do a thing, whether it iscornering the market or growing cabbages, naturally does it better thanthe one who has not. Do not expect the impossible. If you do, read apoultry advertisement and go into the hen business instead of trying togarden. I _have_ grown pumpkins that necessitated the tearing downof the fence in order to get them out of the lot, and sometimes, thoughnot frequently, have had to use the axe to cut through a stalk ofasparagus, but I never "made $17,000 in ten months from an eggplant ina city back-yard." No, if you are going to take up gardening, you willhave to work, and you will have a great many disappointments. All thatI, or anyone else, could put between the two covers of a book will notmake a gardener of you. It must be learned through the fingers, andback, too, as well as from the printed page. But, after all, thegreatest reward for your efforts will be the work itself; and unlessyou love the work, or have a feeling that you will love it, probablythe best way for you, is to stick to the grocer for your garden.Most things, in the course of development, change from the simple tothe complex. The art of gardening has in many ways been an exception tothe rule. The methods of culture used for many crops are more simplethan those in vogue a generation ago. The last fifty years has seenalso a tremendous advance in the varieties of vegetables, and thestrange thing is that in many instances the new and better sorts aremore easily and quickly grown than those they have replaced. The newlima beans are an instance of what is meant. While limas have alwaysbeen appreciated as one of the most delicious of vegetables, in manysections they could never be successfully grown, because of theiraversion to dampness and cold, and of the long season required tomature them. The newer sorts are not only larger and better, buthardier and earlier; and the bush forms have made them still moregenerally available.Knowledge on the subject of gardening is also more widely diffused thanever before, and the science of photography has helped wonderfully intelling the newcomer how to do things. It has also lent an impetus andfurnished an inspiration which words alone could never have done. Ifone were to attempt to read all the gardening instructions andsuggestions being published, he would have no time left to practicegardening at all. Why then, the reader may ask at this point, anothergarden book? It is a pertinent question, and it is right that an answerbe expected in advance. The reason, then, is this: while there aregarden books in plenty, most of them pay more attention to the"content" than to the form in which it is laid before the prospectivegardener. The material is often presented as an accumulation of detail,instead of by a systematic and constructive plan which will take thereader step by step through the work to be done, and make clearconstantly both the principles and the practice of garden making andmanagement, and at the same time avoid every digression unnecessaryfrom the practical point of view. Other books again, are either soelementary as to be of little use where gardening is done withoutgloves, or too elaborate, however accurate and worthy in otherrespects, for an every-day working manual. The author feels, therefore,that there is a distinct field for the present book.And, while I still have the reader by the "introduction" buttonhole, Iwant to make a suggestion or two about using a book like this. Do not,Page 3

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