Garden Wit and Wisdom from Days of Old


Who can be satisfied until every home has a garden, every community a garden club and every city a community garden? ~ Alfred Carl Hottes 

 1001 Gardening Questions Answered

The question appears in the preface of “1001 Garden Questions Answered”, and is still as relevant today as when Hottes first asked it.  In fact, much of the information contained in the book is still relevant – it’s still in print, the latest edition issued in 2007, eighty years after the first edition of the book was published.  I recently found my Dad’s 1947 copy of the “heavily revised” fourth printing of the book; hopefully newer editions have been “heavily revised” also, because the non-pronounceable chemicals listed in the “How to Control Insects and Diseases” chapter are just downright scary.    

Despite that, this is a little gem of a book, with a ton of wisdom, useful information, and interesting tidbits.  Judging from the tattered cover, dog-eared pages, and that Dad wrote his name on the inside cover, I’m guessing this book was passed around a lot among friends, family, and co-workers who shared his interest.   

The legacy Dad left me was his life-long love of nature and of gardening.  Some of my earliest memories are of him teaching me about plants and birds we encountered on our walks through the forests and fields.  At home, I’d work alongside him, helping in his big vegetable garden….although at that young of an age, I don’t know how much help I did versus how much additional work I created.   

Mom didn’t share Dad’s passion for gardening, (or, I’m sure, for my love of playing in the dirt as a kid – a love that I never outgrew, and I’ve got ground-in stains on the knees of all my jeans to prove it).  She was more of a behind-the-scenes gardener – an advisor on what she wanted planted, then cooking, canning, pickling, or putting fresh on the table the fruits of Dad’s labor.  Keith is much the same – he waters, he weeds, he harvests, and generally likes to be out in the garden, but he doesn’t have the same passion for gardening that I do.  He does, however, have the title of Official Garden Construction Engineer.      

3/31/2012 2:16:23 AM

Thanks for stopping in, Shannon. I know what you mean about having technical problems. My problems aren't so much with posting comments, but a lot of times I can't get the main blog page to load to read the other blogs here; it takes so long, my internet connection times out. I wonder if there's an Internet Users Prayer out there somewhere - and surely (hopefully) it doesn't include anything about liquid manure raining down upon my computer, because sometimes it seems as if that's exactly what's happening!

3/31/2012 2:10:25 AM

You'll be the envy of all your neighbors, Michelle...and me too! Be sure to send pictures if (when) you get one. Hugs, and have a great weekend.

3/29/2012 2:43:46 AM

lol, I think I am going to. Been looking on line, at various sites. :D

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