“Tips from the Old Gardeners” by Duncan Crosbie

I have been lucky enough to receive a fascinating gardening book from my fellow gardener and friend Wendy.

“Tips from the Old Gardeners” by Duncan Crosbie is full of interesting facts, hints, quotations and little titbits garnered from gardeners over the years.

The first chapter deals with “old wives tales” and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that there is usually some fact behind it.  One little snippet is on page 9 If you want to know when to sow, take your trousers off and sit on the ground!  as a way of finding out if it’s warm enough to start the spring planting.

By late Victorian times this was thought of as not nice at all (and I won’t be encouraging this around my allotment either.)

And what about this gorgeous quotation on page 53 by Evelyn Underhill in 1912 We have descended into the garden and caught three hundred slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so like life. Don’t you just love that one.

I could add my own quotation from one of my neighbours over at my allotment. She reckons Gardeners are all positive people – you only have to think about what we are up against …  but we still keep planting!

I’ll be off to the monthly meeting of the Gardening Group over at New Farm library at 3pm and I’ll be taking the little book with me. Should bring out a few smiles.

Happy gardening.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. narf77
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 15:34:15

    I like the slug comment a lot…we don’t tend to have many as our 2 ducks Patty and Selma scoff them as soon as they see them (along with our snails) but for those who do have them, get ducks! 🙂

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  2. slowborg
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 19:14:17

    haha I like the trouser tip! Why buy expensive gadgets or bother with the internet when you can just de-pant?!

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  3. plotcraft
    Jun 08, 2012 @ 19:19:24

    Sounds a fascinating book – hope the Gardening Group appreciate it.

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  4. dailyadvice101
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 11:43:33

    Very interesting! Also please check out and follow my blog at dailyadvice101.wordpress.com! Thank you very much

    Reply

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