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1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips
, edited by Roger Yepsen Timeless Bits of Wisdom on How to Grow Everything Organically, from the Good Old Days When Everyone Did
Old-time gardeners were ahead of their time! Their ideas for wildflower gardens, children's gardens, organic pest controls, decorating with houseplants, healing with herbs, and more are at the forefront of modern gardening trends. Take a look back to the future of gardening with this incredible collection of gardening advice from successful 17th-, 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century gardeners.
Early gardeners knew what they were doing--they had to, since they depended on their plants for food, medicine, home decorations, and recreation! Whether you're growing vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, houseplants, or lawn grass, these old-time tips will help you get the most out of your plantings. Do you want a lusher lawn? How about more beautiful flowerbeds or hints for making your yard look bigger? You'll find all that and more in 1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips.
Learn how to read weather signs, improve your soil organically, hide landscape eyesores with ease, decorate your home with flowering vines, and soothe sore joints with herbal remedies. Discover creative ways to landscape your home with fanciful topiary tree houses or practical hedges and windbreaks. From fruits to nuts and artichokes to watermelons, you'll find recommendations for healthier harvests--not to mention recipes for unique and tasty side dishes, drinks, and herbal seasonings. Plus: hundreds of organic techniques that have been proven effective by generations of great gardeners! Look for these special features and more:
* "Old-Time Wisdom" boxes present early gardeners' best planting notions.
* Tried-and-true recipes from early kitchens will tickle your tastebuds.
* "Strange but True" boxes reveal weird, wacky, and wonderful gardening techniques.
* A source list makes it easy to locate wonderful old-time plants.
* Authentic old-time illustrations take you back to a time when garden tips were on everyone's lips.
* A "Recommended Reading" list guides you to more great ideas from the past.
You've never seen a book like
1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips!
"Never has so much heirloom gardening wisdom been gathered together in such an accessible format." --Tovah Martin Author of Well-Clad Windowsills and Tasha Tudor's Garden
"An old gardener's proverb quoted in 1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips recommends 'manuring with brains' as well as with spades. The hundreds of hard-earned, time-tested, and well-gleaned tips in this collection will certainly help today's gardeners do just that!" --Pat Stone Editor of GreenPrints magazine and author of Real Gardeners' True Confessions
"The ideas in 1,001 Old-Time Garden Tips prove that many gardening notions we think of as stylishly new have been around for hundreds of years. It is difficult to turn a page without finding a recipe or project to try or a timeless observation that makes you smile. My favorite part is the collection of ingenious tool ideas, but the entire book is packed with fascinating facts and gardening fun." --Barbara Pleasant Author of The Gardener's Bug Book and Warm-Climate Gardening
Includes bibliographical references (p. 326-329) and index.
About the Author
Author Roger Yepsen
wrote and illustrated Apples and edited The Encyclopedia of Natural Insect and Disease Control
. He is the co-editor of Rodale's Book of Hints, Tips and Everyday Wisdom