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A Complete & Practical Guide To
The Planting & Care Of Vegetables, Fruits &
Part Three: Fruits &
Berries — Chapter 20: Conclusion
It's with a feeling
in which there is something of fear that I close these pages
— fear that many of those little things which become
second nature to the grower of plants and seem unimportant,
but which sometimes are just the things that the beginner
wants to know about, may have been inadvertently left out. In
every operation described, however, I have tried to mention
all necessary details.
I would urge the
reader, nevertheless, to study as thoroughly as
possible all the garden
problems with which he will find himself confronted and to
this end recommend that he read several of the many
which are now to be had. It will be to his advantage
to see even the same subjects presented again from other
points of view. The more familiar he can make himself, both in
theory and in practice, with all the multitude of operations
which modern gardening involves, the
greater the success he will attain. Personally, the further I
have gone into the growing of things — and
that has now become my business as well as my pleasure — the
more absorbingly interesting I find it.
Each season, each
crop, offers its own problems and a reward for the correct
solution of them. It is a work which, even to the
beginner, presents the opportunity of deducting new
conclusions, trying new experiments, making new discoveries.
It is a work which offers pleasant and healthy recreation to
the many whose days must be, for the most part, spent in
office or shop; and it gives very substantial help in the
world-old problem of making both ends meet.
Let the garden beginner not
be disappointed if he doesn't succeed for the first season or
two, or possibly three, with everything he plants. There is
usually a preventable reason for the failure, and studious
observation will reveal it.
the modern success in the application of insecticides and fungicides,
and the extension of the practice of irrigation, the subject
of gardening begins to be reduced
to a scientific and (what is more to the point) a sure basis.
We are getting control of the uncertain
All this affects first, perhaps, the person
who grows for profit, but with our present wide circulation of
every new idea and discovery in such matters, it must reach
soon to every remote home garden patch which is
cared for by a wide-awake gardener.
Such a person,
from the fact that he or she is reading a new garden website, I take the
reader to be. I hope this volume, condensed though it is, has
added to your collection of practical garden information; that it
will help to grow that proverbial second blade of grass. I
have only to add, as I turn again to the problems waiting for
me in field and under glass, that I wish you all success in
your work — the making of better gardens in America.
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