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.
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