Before I become too engrossed in spring gardening activities, (if it is possible to become too engrossed in gardening, and I don’t think it is) may I present one more treasure that I brought up from the rabbit hole of old gardening books.
(Who is Loudon? I believe he is John Claudius Loudon, a Scottish horticulturist from the early 1800’s.)
Without further ado, and restraining from adding my own comments, I present.
(Do these rules apply yet today? Well for the most part, though I think we are less diligent in picking bugs off plants – see rule no. 7.)
Here now for your enjoyment and education, I present
(Is this the last treasure for this season from that rabbit hole of old gardening books? No, I still have quite a bit of information to share about Ida Dandridge Bennett.)
And now, the latest in an occasional series of gleanings from old gardening books, I present.
Oops, I forgot to note that I got these rules from The Horticulturist’s Rule-Book by L. H. Bailey (1895)
Finally, as promised, advertised, and promoted…
1 Perform every operation in the proper season and in the best manner.
2 Complete every operation consecutively.
3 Never if possible perform one operation in such a manner as to render another necessary.
4 When called off from any operation leave your work and tools in an orderly manner.
5 In leaving off work make a temporary finish and clean your tools and carry them to the tool house.
6 Never do that in the garden or hothouses which can be equally well done in the reserve ground or in the back sheds.
7 Never pass a weed or an insect without pulling it up or taking it off unless time forbid.
8 In gathering a crop take away the useless as well as the useful parts.
9 Let no plant ripen seeds unless they are wanted for some purpose useful or ornamental and remove all parts which are in a state of decay.
(I would have made it a complete ten list of rules. Hmmmm… what should that tenth rule be?)