Lure of the Vegetable Garden (New York Times, July 11, 1908)
“The last word in vegetable gardening has surely been said by Miss Ida D. Bennett in her book, “The Vegetable Garden,” (the McClure Company.) Every sort of information required to run a home garden lies within these pages, full of enthusiasm and delightful detail, enlivened by photographs of various delicious products, and further enriched by a number of excellent receipts (recipes) for the cooking of all the better-known vegetables. The chapter on hotbeds, pits, and cold frames is thoroughly scientific and exhaustive, and the descriptions of the various pests with the necessary information for circumventing their ravages are excellent.
Miss Bennett, in her enthusiastic studies of these annoying insects from eggs to maturity, rather encroaches on the modern nature school. “The worms lose much of their repulsiveness when studied at close range,” she says, “and in captivity soon come to know one and to show none of those signs of irritation displayed by wild worms or tame ones in the presence of strangers.”
It gives one rather a turn to think of entering a garden full of wild worms after reading that sentence, but it is the only one in the book to produce that effect. On the contrary, one’s chief desire is to get to work immediately, with this excellent volume as a guide, and make a vegetable garden of one’s own.”
I’m pleased to have this book in my library, in spite of or maybe because of the passage on worms, which did not give me “rather a turn” at all.
Read it again…
The worms lose much of their repulsiveness when studied at close range, and in captivity soon come to know one and to show none of those signs of irritation displayed by wild worms or tame ones in the presence of strangers.”
And carry that thought with you, to warm your gardening heart on a cold winter’s day. There will be a vegetable garden this spring, full of wild worms, which apparently can also be tamed.