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Wood and Garden Notes and thoughts, practical and critical, of a working amateur

Vintage. Amazon review:

This author was definitely a garden expert who was qualified to write a gardening book. She was ahead of her time. I have never seen nor read a more thorough gardening book. I don’t think there is a topic not discussed. I am also surprised at how many garden practices today are actually very old. For example cold frames, raised beds, and window boxes have been around for years. Until reading gardening books from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s I did not know this. So many books and magazines today tout all these garden ideas like they are the latest and greatest.

I find I really enjoy reading the older garden books much more. There is a sincerity and richness to the books of old that is very difficult to find in books written today. And when you consider many plants and herbs have been around for several hundred years its no surprise that gardening techniques have not changed much.

I sure wish I would have found more books like this when I first started gardening. Sure would have saved a lot of money! And the wealth of information along with the detail in the older books is really hard to beat.

The author of this book writes very fluent and graceful which makes this such and enjoyable read.

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Container Gardening: The Ultimate Guide To Container Gardening Guide Made Easy!

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An Autumn Wind in Walnut Creek (Amish Romance, Inspired Novel) (Amish Orchards)

Christian romance

The reviews are all over the place.=)

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The Melody of Earth An Anthology of Garden and Nature Poems From Present-Day Poets

1918, this looks really nice. Take a sneak peek at Gutenberg.

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Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; from Seed to Leaf For the Use of Teachers, or Mothers Studying with Their Children

1888. It’s at Gutenberg. Here’s a section:

1. Directions for raising in the Schoolroom.—The seeds should be planted in boxes tilled with clean sand. Plates or shallow crockery pans are also used, but the sand is apt to become caked, and the pupils are likely to keep the seeds too wet if they are planted in vessels that will not drain. The boxes should be covered with panes of glass till the seedlings are well started, and should be kept at a temperature of from 65° to 70° Fahr. It is very important to keep them covered while the seeds are germinating, otherwise the sand will be certain to become too dry if kept in a sufficiently warm place. Light is not necessary, and in winter time the neighborhood of the furnace is often a very convenient place to keep them safe from frost. They should not be in the sun while germinating. When the first sprouts appear above the ground let another set be planted, and so on, till a series is obtained ranging from plants several inches high to those just starting from the seed. The seeds themselves should be soaked for a day and the series is then ready for study. The time required for their growth varies according to the temperature, moisture, etc. Dr. Goodale says they should be ready in ten days.[1]
[Footnote 1: Concerning a few Common Plants, by G.L. Goodale, Boston, D.C. Heath & Co. This little book, which is published, in pamphlet form, for fifteen cents, will be found exceedingly useful.]

I have never been able to raise them so quickly in the schoolroom, nor have the pupils to whom I have given them to plant done so at home. Generally, it is three weeks, at least, before the first specimens are as large as is desirable.

Germinating seeds need warmth, moisture and air. The necessary conditions are supplied in the very best way by growing them on sponge, but it would be difficult to raise enough for a large class in this manner. Place a piece of moist sponge in a jelly-glass, or any glass that is larger at the top, so that the sponge may not sink to the bottom, and pour some water into the glass, but not so much as to touch the sponge. The whole should be covered with a larger inverted glass, which must not be so close as to prevent a circulation of air. The plants can thus be watched at every stage and some should always be grown in this way. The water in the tumbler will keep the sponge damp, and the roots, after emerging from the sponge, will grow well in the moist air. Seeds can also be grown on blotting paper. Put the seeds on several thicknesses of moist blotting paper on a plate, cover them with more moist paper, and invert another plate over them, taking care to allow the free entrance of air.

If possible, it is by far the best way to have the seeds growing in the schoolroom, and make it a regular custom for the pupils to observe them every morning and take notes of their growth.

These lessons on seeds are suitable for pupils of every age, from adults to the youngest children who go to school. The difference should be only in the mode of treatment; but the same principles should be brought out, whatever the age and power of comprehension of the pupil.

For these lessons the following seeds should be planted, according to the above directions:

Morning-Glory, Sunflower or Squash, Bean, Pea, Red Clover, Flax, Corn, Wheat, and Oats.[1] If they can be procured plant also acorns, Pine-seeds, Maple-seeds, and horsechestnuts.
[Footnote 1: A package of these seeds may be obtained for fifty cents, from Joseph Breck & Son, Boston, Mass. They will be sent by mail, postage paid.]

2. Study of Morning-Glory, Sunflower, Bean, and Pea.—For reasons hereafter given, I consider the Morning-Glory the best seedling to begin upon. Having a series, as above described, before them, the pupils should draw the seedlings. When the drawings are made, let them letter alike the corresponding parts, beginning with the plantlet in the seed, and using new letters when a new part is developed. The seed coats need not be lettered, as they do not belong to the plantlet.

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Mother West Wind’s Animal Friends

By Thornton Burgess. Fun stories. My grandmother bought us a collection of his tales when I was a child, and my grandmother had excellent taste in children’s literature.

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Poems for Mothers

62 original poems for mothers by Emily Corrington and Robert Soul.

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Woman on the American Frontier A Valuable and Authentic History of the Heroism, Adventures, Privations, Captivities, Trials, and Noble Lives and Deaths of the “Pioneer Mothers of the Republic”
From Amazon:

Learned a lot about how the women survived on the American frontier. Proud to be a woman. A wonderful and educational book. Thank you for a wonderful read.

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Friendship: A Gift to Give (Sacred Mundane)

Female friendships – we love them and hate them. Perhaps we’ve tasted their sweetness—the intimate confiding, the side-splitting laughter, the unspoken understanding, the tender times of sharing. But also perhaps we’ve tasted their bitterness—the silent competition, the misunderstanding, the hurt feelings, and even the betrayal and deep wounds many of us have endured. At times we hunger for more friendship and at times we envy Eve, in Eden, where there were no other women around! Never have we been more connected and never have we been more alone. Jesus said there is no greater love than true friendship. So what is this type of friendship Jesus speaks of, and how do we find it? And how do we move past our wounds and insecurities to reach out a tender, vulnerable hand and grasp the one beside us? Through the stories of six scriptural duos—and a handful of contemporary ones—this book will inspire, encourage, and enable you to give the greatest gift—yourself—and discover heavenly friendship along the way.

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The Man at the Door

Christian fiction, many great reveiws

The man at the door carries a vital message for the King of Caelius, but he is mortally wounded and near death when he knocks at Elspeth’s door. The young woman, living alone in a ramshackle house, at the edge of starvation is stunned by the arrival and death of the messenger. Abandoned by her abusive father and left to care for her sickly mother until her death, she struggles to survive both physically and emotionally and fantasizes about rescue by the young Prince of Caelius to ease her misery. Seizing the opportunity to chase her fantasy, she sets out on the man’s horse to deliver the message herself.

Arriving at the castle, Elspeth delivers the message to King Fredric, who warmly welcomes her, offering her acceptance and love. But trusting his response is a difficult venture: she must reconcile it with her lowly, abusive past, while facing her fears, and embracing the longings she has denied for a lifetime. Struggling with her inability to trust, she makes an astounding discovery that changes everything.

Child of the Mist (These Highland Hills, Book 1)

Christian fiction
In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best.
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Which Women Are Beautiful to God? (Moments that Matter)

Brittany Davis (Author), Jonathan Jenkins (editor)

Moments That Matter” is an essay series which provides short Bible-based answers to the important spiritual questions in people’s lives.

Women are held to an unreachable standard of beauty in our world. The message preached both overtly and subtly to women of all ages is that they need to change themselves in nearly every way. The truth is that without the help of the airbrush artist and graphic editing suite, no woman could ever reach the standards of media and advertisers.

Women need to hear the message God has been preaching through His word for countless generations, “Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

“Which Women Are Beautiful God?” surveys the elements of the true beauty that God describes in the Bible. This short lesson will encourage women of all ages to focus on the things that will truly build up their self-esteem and bring them into a more intimate relationship with God.

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Maiden of Mayfair, The (Tales of London Book #1)

Christian fiction.

If the Truth is Revealed, Will She Lose All She’s Grown to Love?

An orphanage in the slums of London is the only home Sarah Matthews has ever known. When she is suddenly whisked away to a wealthy widow’s home in the prestigious Mayfair district, Sarah can’t fathom what has happened. Why would this elderly woman, a stranger, want her company? But Dorothea Blake has reasons she isn’t revealing.

As Sarah blossoms into a young woman, the secret Mrs. Blake harbors threatens to make them both outcasts among London’s elite. When a visitor unknowingly stumbles upon the truth, he puts Sarah at risk of losing everything she holds dear, including the attentions of a new curate. Will the mystery of her birth remain buried forever?

The FYG took this picture of a moth getting a drink after the rain.

The FYG took this picture of a moth getting a drink after the rain.

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