On the Situation, Soil, Fencing

Those who have gardens already formed and planted, have, of course,
not the situation to choose. But, I am to suppose, that new gardens will, in a
country like this, be continually to be formed; and, therefore, it is an essential part
of my duty to point out what situations are best, as well with respect to the aspect
as to the other circumstances.
The ground should be as nearly on a level as possible; because, if the
slope be considerable, the heavy rains do great injury, by washing away the soil.


It may seem to the reader that it is all very well to make a garden with a pencil, but that the work of transferring it to the soil must be quite another problem and one entailing so much work that he will leave it to the professional market gardener. He possibly pictures to himself some bent-kneed and stoop-shouldered man with the hoe, and decides that after all there is too much work in the garden game. What a revelation would be in store for him if he could witness one day's operations in a modern market garden! Very likely indeed not a hoe would be seen during the entire visit. Modern implements, within less than a generation, have revolutionized gardening.

The Garden Record

The Garden Record is no less important. It may be kept in the simplest sort of way, but   be sure to keep it. A large piece of paper ruled as follows, for instance, will require only a few minutes' attention each week and yet will prove of the greatest assistance in 
planning the garden.


Planting plan

Having selected the garden spot,
the next consideration, naturally, is
what will be planted in it.
The old way was to pick out some
seeds from your local supermarket
or garden center, pick out a list of
the vegetables most enthusiastically
recommended by the garden center
clerk, and then, when the time
came, to put them in at one or two
plantings, sowing each kind as far
as the seed would go.
There is a better way--a way to make the garden produce more, to yield
things when you want them, and in the proper proportions.


Why garden
Why garden

There are more reasons to-day than ever
before why the owner of a small place
should have his, or her, own vegetable
garden. The days of home weaving, home
cheese-making, home meat-packing, are
gone. With a thousand and one other
things that used to be made or done at
home, they have left the fireside and
followed the factory chimney. These
things could be turned over to machinery.

Your Garden

Vegetable garden
Vegetable garden
With some, the home vegetable garden is a hobby; with others,
especially in these days of high prices, a great help. There are many
in both classes whose experience in gardening has been restricted
within very narrow bounds, and whose present spare time for gardening
is limited. It is as "first aid" to such persons, who want to do
practical, efficient gardening, and do it with the least possible fuss
and loss of time, that this article is written.