Happy Gardening With Adam the Gardener

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A happy and pleasant surprise has just arrived through the post at home.

I commented some time ago about celebrity gardeners and Adam the Gardener in particular. Adam featured in a pictorial guide each week in the Daily Express from the 1940’s.  The tips and advice helped many experienced gardeners and those new to gardening.

The clever publishers at Chatto & Windus have reproduced the 1940’s classic in a revival of the old tips and advice and they kindly sent me a copy.

I recommended the book earlier and am pleased to do so again – it is available now from Amazon. At £10 it is a great price for a hardback containing so many words of gardening wisdom.

It would also make a good nostalgic fathers day present.

As they say a picture saves a thousand words. The  strip format  of Adam the Gardener allows time for more gardening than reading.

  • A tip from Adam if you have an accidentally allowed a pot plant to get frost damaged. ‘Soak the soil in the coldest water you can get. Sprinkle the foliage with the same cold water. Put the plant in a frost proof shed. It should revive in a couple of hours. Only when unmistakable recovery has been made move it into warmth. Don’t cut off withered parts until a week after this treatment.’
  • That way I hope you can recover from frosting accidents – I recon it will still be frosty at night for most of May the way our weather is right now.

One Response to Happy Gardening With Adam the Gardener

  1. Maureen May 3, 2011 at 16.03 #

    I have a two year old Acer Katsura tree. We had heavy snow this winter and the top 2 foot of the tree have no sign of any leaves at all. There are plenty of leaves appearing from ground level up to about 2 foot. I believe these trees are usually grafted, and am wondering if this is the trouble. If so, could you tell me if I should cut off the top 2 foot and hope it continues to grow from there, or just leave it for the time being and see what happens.

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