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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:41 pm    Post subject: Tomes of knowledge Reply with quote

We all have our reference books and maybe a few 'how to' books that we all got when starting out on this green fingered lark. I have a few that I regularly refer to (RHS encyclopeadias and my ever reliable Geoff Hamiltons and a Harry Dodson) and a few others given as presents. But lately I have been given some really old books, listed below, some over 50 years old, from two close friends whose fathers have recently passed away. I was just wondering if anybody had these too or what you might have in your libraries.

The new illustrated gardening encyclopaedia. Richard Sudell. 1152 pages.
Practical gardening and food production in pictures. Richard Sudell.
No year on both of the above but first editions could be back to the 1930's according to the quick bit of research that I have just done.
The gardening year. Readers Digest. 1968.
Gardening in colour. Frances Perry.1963.
The ABC of garden pests and diseases. W.E. Shewell-Cooper.1950.
England is a garden. Catherine Hamilton. 1985.
Encyclopaedia of garden plants and flowers. Readers Digest. 1985.
Readers Digest guide to creative gardening. 1984.
Complete vegetable gardener. Peter Seabrook. 1976.
How to grow vegetables and fruit. Percy Thrower. 1977.

All hardbacks bar one. Lots of black and white photos and hand drawn illustrations, feet and inches, gallons and tons. Smell of must! But some little gems contained therein, here's one...... an inch of rain is equivalent to 4.68 gallons per sq. yard.



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the Reader's Digest Guide to Creative Gardening ( 1984 ) and still enjoy using it... well laid out and great illustrations.
It doesn't seem to age somehow ( unlike me )
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