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Perhaps we'll come to ""soilless culture"" but it all seems a terribly difficult and complicated way to do away with the gardener's fun and pleasure in handling the dirt. This book was completely above our heads and although it constantly refers to ""the amateur"" we'd say that only the professional would appreciate it. Of course, there is a certain species of novice who always enjoys gadgets, chemicals and experimentation. Sell him this and he'll love it. The main idea seems to be that solutions which contain all the necessary components are as potent as soil. However, unless one lives in the Southwest or in the dust bowl we can't see any great advantage in struggling over a solution of potassium nitrate, monocalcium phosphate, magnesium sulphate, iron sulphate and water in which to grow geraniums, holly ferns, wax plants or anyone of the long list of house plants that do so well in a bit of sand and a tin can. Can you? But we're probably old-fashioned so suggest this book to garden clubs as it will be something new for them to work on, also florists and nurserymen who may find it not only practical but readily understood.

Pub Date: March 26th, 1940
Publisher: Whittlesey House