For a long time I’ve wanted to bring old gardening and agricultural texts to a new audience. I collect old volumes myself and find them both charming and informative. I love the sense of other generations, in a time more grounded in farm and forest than most of us are today, showing the same love of and fascination with growing things that I have in my life.
Unfortunately many of those old volumes are only available in limited quantities, for very high prices, and are often not in good shape for reading. So this will be a line of republished books from public domain texts, spiffed up for a new age, and available in inexpensive electronic formats. Where there is demand, I’ll offer print versions as well, but we’ll have to see how that develops over time.
In all cases, the goal of the Farm and Garden line is to breathe new life into old classics.
Cassell’s Popular Gardening, Volume OneThe 2011 Clary Books edition of Cassell’s Popular Gardening contains the complete text of the original, including illustrations, a hyper-linked Table of Contents, and a complete Index by subject area. Whether you are a new gardener or an old hand, you’ll find Cassell’s Popular Gardening both practical and entertaining. Originally written by an assortment of renowned English horticulturists, this book covers all aspects of traditional English gardening of the
period, from drainage and digging, through greenhouse management, kitchen gardens, carpet bedding, garden design, and, to meet your special needs, sections on designing your carriage sweeps and the roadways on your country estate. Also chapters on roses, grapevines, mushrooms, cucumbers, and tons of other oddities. The original text has been carefully edited to be easy to read and free of typographical errors. While most archaic spellings were retained, some grammar and phrases have been updated for a modern audience. Illustrations have all been individually retouched to show perfectly on your e-reader. 292,000 words, approx. 800 pages. Amazon • B&N Nook Store