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Gardening for Little Girls by Olive Hyde Foster

GARDENING FOR LITTLE GIRLS

PRACTICAL ARTS FOR LITTLE GIRLS

A Series Uniform with this Volume

_Each book, illustrated, 75 cents net_

COOKERY FOR LITTLE GIRLS SEWING FOR LITTLE GIRLS WORK AND PLAY FOR LITTLE GIRLS HOUSEKEEPING FOR LITTLE GIRLS GARDENING FOR LITTLE GIRLS

[Illustration: PUZZLE PICTURE,--FIND THE LITTLE GIRL]

GARDENING FOR LITTLE GIRLS

BY

OLIVE HYDE FOSTER

AUTHOR OF "COOKERY FOR LITTLE GIRLS" "SEWING FOR LITTLE GIRLS" "HOUSEKEEPING FOR LITTLE GIRLS"

[Illustration]

NEW YORK DUFFIELD & COMPANY 1917

Copyright, 1916 by HOUSE AND GARDEN

Copyright, 1916, by HOUSEWIVES MAGAZINE

Copyright, 1917, by ST. NICHOLAS The Century Co.

Copyright, 1917, by COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE The Independent Co.

Copyright, 1917, by OLIVE HYDE FOSTER

_DEDICATED TO Junior and Allan, Two of the dearest children that ever showed love for the soil._

Preface

Children take naturally to gardening, and few occupations count so much for their development,--mental, moral and physical.

Where children's garden clubs and community gardens have been tried, the little folks have shown an aptitude surprising to their elders, and under exactly the same natural, climatic conditions, the children have often obtained astonishingly greater results. Moreover, in the poor districts many a family table, previously unattractive and lacking in nourishment, has been made attractive as well as nutritious, with their fresh green vegetables and flowers.

Ideas of industry and thrift, too, are at the same time inculcated without words, and habits formed that affect their character for life. A well-known New York City Public School superintendent once said to me that she had a flower bed every year in the children's gardens, where a troublesome boy could always be controlled by giving to him the honor of its care and keeping.

The love of nature, whether inborn or acquired, is one of the greatest sources of pleasure, and any scientific knowledge connected with it of inestimable satisfaction. Carlyle's lament was, "Would that some one had taught me in childhood the names of the stars and the grasses."

It is with the hope of helping both mothers and children that this little book has been most lovingly prepared.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I FIRST STEPS TOWARD A GARDEN 1 II PLANNING AND PLANTING THE FLOWER BEDS 9 III FLOWERS THAT MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR (ANNUALS) 19 IV FLOWERS THAT LIVE THROUGH TWO YEARS 30 V FLOWERS THAT COME UP EVERY YEAR BY THEMSELVES (PERENNIALS) 37 VI FLOWERS THAT SPRING FROM A STOREHOUSE (BULBS AND TUBERS) 48 VII THAT QUEEN--THE ROSE 58 VIII VINES, TENDER AND HARDY 71 IX SHRUBS WE LOVE TO SEE 78 X VEGETABLE GROWING FOR THE HOME TABLE 82 XI YOUR GARDEN'S FRIENDS AND FOES 94 XII A MORNING-GLORY PLAYHOUSE 102 XIII THE WORK OF A CHILDREN'S GARDEN CLUB 107 XIV THE CARE OF HOUSE PLANTS 115 XV GIFTS THAT WILL PLEASE A FLOWER LOVER 130 XVI THE GENTLEWOMAN'S ART--ARRANGING FLOWERS 137


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