- Alfred C. Hottes, April 1930 -
I enjoy combing the shelves in used book stores for gardening books. I found this little gem in Amherst, MA this past spring. It's an illustrated guide book of over 1,000 questions compiled by Alfred C. Hottes and answered using the "experiences of many lifetimes" of authors, nurserymen, and experienced gardeners. I've been mulling over the calendar section for January ("What shall I do in January?"). Divided into four areas, it tells you what you should do in the library/living room, the home orchard, the small greenhouse and in the garden. Here are a couple snippets:
In the Library or Living Room
- Read, mark and inwardly digest the catalogs. They are written for you and published at great cost. Treat them as literature and preserve them for future reference.
In the Home Orchard
- Prune out cankers from apples and pears, and black knot on plums
In the Small Greenhouse
- Seeds of pansies, English daisies, forget-me-nots, Vinca rosea and snapdragons may be sown for bedding.
- Start taking cuttings of geraniums, coleus and other bedding plants.
- Disbud the carnations and roses.
- Propagate the Lorraine type of begonia with leaf cuttings.
- Shake the snow from shrub or evergreen branches which are bent to the ground.
- Save the coal ashes to mix with the heavy soil of your garden.
- Build a birdhouse.
And I'll add one more item to the "In the Garden" list before I get outside to deal with this morning's weather detail: