My Garden: Its Plan and Culture Together with a General Description of Its Geology, Botany, and Natural History

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Bell and Daldy, 1872 - 650 páginas
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"The purpose of this book is to discource on "May garden", the more important plants growing in it, and the manner in which they are cultivated. It also treatos of all objects appertaining to it. My garden has been designed both for the purpose of obtaining information and for practical uses, as my residence in London is exclusively supplied with vegetals, fruit, and flowers..."--From preface.
 

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