Thursday, February 11, 2010

Vintage Thingy Thursday Feb 11, 2010

Today, we will be joining Suzanne at The Coloradolady for:

Vintage Thingy Thursday

I don't do "Show and Tell" posts very often. I seem to tend to lean more towards the Tell aspect of blogging and less toward the Show aspect. But every once in a while I come across something that really should be seen to be fully appreciated.

So let me show you one of the things Diann got me for Christmas.

We are both so odd, I think we both enjoyed the things that we got that came from Thrift stores more than we did the new stuff.

I'm not sure which one this came from. Some times it felt like Diann spent all summer on a quest to visit every thrift store, antique store and yard sale in the Great Lakes area.

But I have to confess, she got some really cool things! Check out this book:

In case you don't speak Roman Numeralese MCMLXXIV = 1974

In 1972 Good Housekeeping published a 16 volume Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening. The Basic Gardening Techniques book was a compilation of the most relevant of the material found in the 16 volumes. The forward says that it intends to do for gardeners what a cookbook does for cooks, "to be to a gardener, what a dictionary is to a writer."

The book covers a wide range of topics from yard and garden layout, to soil preparation, to plant selection, to care of plants. It tells how to build a home greenhouse, how to attract insect eating birds, and even how to grow and care for indoor plants.

There is even a section dedicated to growing carrot tops, avocado pits and sweet potatoes in the house. (I think every one of us grew on or more of these in our class at school when we were kids.)

There whole book is filled with information and pictures that, while vintage, are mainly timeless. It makes not only a fun conversation piece, but will be a valuable reference for me in the garden.

I couldn't help but laugh though, as I turned to Chapter 11 and learned that ecological concerns of the sixties and seventies had led to a quickening of interest in organic gardening.

I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Make sure and visit

Vintage Thingy Thursday

And see all the other vintage thingies people have to show.

I apologize in advance to any anonymous posters. Because of the large amount of SPAM I was getting, I had to block anonymous comments.




  1. Troy what a very cool book! I know Diann can scour some thrift shops and get some good things. Thanks for sharing one or your Christmas presents with us. I love the older books. I'm going to be checking out some of your previous posts about gardening. I want to grow some herbs I think...

    Linda @ A La Carte

  2. Im glad you decided to show. I found your blog and LOVE it. Add a follower!

  3. Troy, I've been wondering - - - since YOU refuse to recede, does your hairline also???

    Just wondering. Hehehehehehe

  4. Keetha is so silly, isn't she? I always look forward to her comments when she visits me, and now to see her picking on you as well - she comes by it so naturally!!! I love vintage books, and have fun paging thru them. And finding concerns about health and climate relating it to increased interest in organic gardening is amazing. Things do stay the same in many ways!

  5. What an interesting book you found. Best of all it is filled with good information and things I did not know.

  6. What a great book! I remember poring over an old gardening book or two when I was growing up and they're a wealth of information. I like your site and will be back for a longer visit soon.

  7. What a wonderful book! Good idea for VTT post too. I love thrifty hints and will check out your blog.

  8. I just adore books! I especially like finding a treasure like you have :)


  9. WHat a great book, I love things like this, I had to smile at your statement for the spam you have been getting, me too, it is so bad, I hate having the approval for the comments, but there is no other has gotten so bad. Have a great VTT!

  10. First,I too have started to have real problems with spam and it's very irritating. Without comment approval,I 'm not sure what we would do.
    I love your gardening book..I have a Good Housekeeping reciped book of that timeline,and I love it. I'm sure yours is filled with wonderful information. Happy VTT..have a great weekend.

  11. What a great book! Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings, Grace

  12. Don't you just love old books..your gardening book is a treasure! Warm hugs, Esther

  13. Great gardening book! Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring" really changed everything...its just taken a while to become widespread and for organic food/gardening to become commonplace.

  14. Nice treasure. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I like that book that is a keeper specially like me who wanted to plant and plant.

    VTT~ Old horns