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The Practical Garden-Book Containing the Simplest Directions for the Growing of the Commonest Things about the House and Garden   By: (1858-1954)

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The Practical Garden-Book by Liberty H. Bailey is a comprehensive guide that offers simple and practical instructions for growing a wide variety of plants commonly found in our homes and gardens. This book is a valuable resource for both novice and experienced gardeners, providing a wealth of knowledge and essential tips for successful gardening.

One of the outstanding features of this book is its accessibility. Bailey's writing style is clear, concise, and easy to understand. He breaks down complex gardening concepts into simple, step-by-step directions that anyone can follow. Whether you are a beginner looking to start a small herb garden or an experienced gardener seeking to expand your knowledge, this book caters to all levels of expertise.

The book covers a wide range of topics, including the cultivation of various plants such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs. It delves into practical techniques for preparing soil, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, and maintaining the overall health of your garden. Bailey's guidance is not limited to outdoor spaces; he also provides tips for indoor gardening, making this book an invaluable resource for urban dwellers and those with limited space.

What sets this book apart from others is its emphasis on simplicity. Bailey understands that not everyone has extensive gardening experience or access to sophisticated tools and resources. Therefore, he focuses on techniques that can be easily applied with minimal equipment. For instance, he suggests using household items like eggshells or yogurt containers as seed-starting pots, demonstrating resourcefulness and frugality.

In addition to the practical instructions, Bailey infuses the book with his passion for nature, gardening, and the beauty of plants. His enthusiasm is infectious, making you feel inspired and motivated to dig your hands into the soil. Furthermore, he provides insightful anecdotes and personal experiences that add a charming touch to the text, creating a sense of connection between the author and the reader.

While the book covers a wide array of topics, some readers may find themselves craving more in-depth information on certain subjects. However, it is important to remember that this book is intended to be a comprehensive guide rather than an exhaustive encyclopedia. Therefore, it successfully strikes a balance between being informative and accessible.

Overall, The Practical Garden-Book by Liberty H. Bailey is a valuable addition to any gardener's bookshelf. Its simple instructions, practical advice, and engaging writing style make it an indispensable resource for those looking to create and maintain a beautiful and thriving garden. Bailey's passion for gardening shines through, inspiring readers to embrace the joy of cultivating nature within their own homes and gardens.

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The Garden Craft Series EDITED BY L. H. BAILEY

THE PRACTICAL GARDEN BOOK

THE PRACTICAL GARDEN BOOK

CONTAINING THE SIMPLEST DIRECTIONS FOR THE GROWING OF THE COMMONEST THINGS ABOUT THE HOUSE AND GARDEN

BY

C. E. HUNN

AND

L. H. BAILEY

THIRD EDITION

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1903 All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1900 BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

Set up and electrotyped March, 1900 Reprinted February, 1901, and June, 1903

Mount Pleasant Press J. Horace McFarland Company Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Like the love of music, books and pictures, the love of gardens comes with culture and leisure and with the ripening of the home life. The love of gardens, as of every other beautiful and refining thing, must increase to the end of time. More and more must the sympathies enlarge. There must be more points of contact with the world. Life ever becomes richer. Gardening is more than the growing of plants: it is the expression of desire.

As there must be many gardeners, so there must be many books. There must be books for different persons and different ideals. The garden made by one's own hands is always the best garden, because it is a part of oneself. A garden made by another may interest, but it is another person's individuality... Continue reading book >>




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