Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 4
   August 2009
   Interesting Reads

Excerpt from The Garden Book, 1915.

  Lima Beans Growing on Poles

Home Garden
The hard-working mechanic, the lawyer, the doctor, the clerk, may all find relief from the worry and care of everyday labors in the home garden, with added pleasure and profit for every member of the family. True, the area available may seem pitiably small and the soil fail utterly to measure up to the "rich garden loams" described in the books. The slope may not be toward the south as demanded by the experts, nor the drainage and inherent fertility all that might be desired. But what matters it? Success will come if our efforts are prompted by a real desire for a garden. Some kinds will fail to meet expectations even under the best of care, but this will be only an interesting detail in the process of elimination.
Some one of the almost endless number of varieties will be found adjusting themselves to the conditions available the following success will be sweeter and more enjoyable because of the necessary struggles to secure it.

And then what a difference in the quality of the products of our own garden as they come to the table, crisp with the morning's dew, as compared with the usual garden products from the grocery, wilted with days of exposure to heat and careless handling! Every mouthful gives a sort of double satisfaction. Every demand of the appetite is met, memory of youthful days is stirred, and with it all these products stand out as a sort of tribute to our intelligent direction of the wonderful forces of nature.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1915. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

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