I wanted to share with the flange members my latest acquisition. I was today given 'The Modern Greenhouse' by J S Dakers by a work colleague who is having a clear out. Now you need to understand that by modern we mean 1955 and this is an update on the original version of 1938. In a charming foreword the author says that the 1938 edition has been updated to take into account changes in horticultural practice. I have only had a quick flick through but had to smile to myself at a section which describes how to make up a general mix compost:
4 parts yellow loam, 2 parts peat-moss (from bales), 1 part course river sand.
The mind boggles - what is yellow loam? what bales? and do I need to go wading in the river!
Then to each bushel of compost add: one andhalf ounces superphosphate of lime, three quarters of an ounce of potash and two ounces of horn or hoof manure - I have too many questions to this part to list!
All I can say is thank goodness for John Innes!!!!!
Will peruse the book further and let you know if I find any more gems - no doubt I will
Helen (aka patientgardener)