The Gardener's Year

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1931 - Gardening - 160 pages
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    Karel Capek's The Gardener's Year is a timeless classic of wit and wisdom, sure to capture the heart and imagination of every gardener—indeed, everyone who has pursued any hobby with a passion that occasionally overrides good common sense. Originally published more that fifty years ago in Czechoslovakia, it transcends the years with grace and ease. Whether Capek is talking about the lack or surfeit of rain, the fruitless search for space to plant just a few more perennials, or the unfathomable mystery of the green thumb, his words strike chord upon chord within every gardener, in every time and place. Fifty-eight sprightly drawings by Karel Capek's brother Josef Capek, lend themselves perfectly to the artful simplicity and humour of this book.
    Through the year, Capek does battle with the garden hose, learns the value of patience in spring, prays to the Lord for rain (but only on certain parts of the garden, please), buys far too many plants at every opportunity, curses raspberry canes that invade from his neighbor's garden, routs stones from the soil (they seem to grow from spores), and agonizes continually about the garden while he is on vacation in August. In short, Karel Capek is a gardener, timeless, with all the frailties, hope, and boundless optimism necessarily shared by all gardeners. After the sun sets, he leans on his spade and sighs with deep content: "I have sweated today!"
  

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User Review  - Rick Elinson - Goodreads

In this 1929 book by a Czech author, Capek captures the spirit of a gardener. That is a measure of the timeless pleasures that gardening generates. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike Pierce - Goodreads

Where to start on this one.. If you are not a gardener this won't inspire, and if you garden or not it won't improve your skill. If, however, the love of gardens is deep in your heart, if you are one ... Read full review

Contents

HOW LITTLE GARDENS ARE LAID OUT
7
THE GARDENERS JANUARY I
23
on the art of gardening
34
the gardeners march
40
buds
47
HOLIDAY
58
THE BLESSED RAIN
72
ON MARKET GARDENERS
85
A BOTANICAL CHAPTER
96
ON THE CULTIVATORS OF CACTI
109
THE SOIL
120
ON THE BEAUTIES OF AUTUMN
133
PREPARATIONS
144
ON GARDENING LIFE
158
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Karel Capek is well known for his early science fiction, notably The War of the NewtsThe Gardener's Year, in which he gives himself over freely to his true passion, was published originally in Czech, in 1929, and in English by Allen & Unwin in 1931. Long out of print, it found a new life in a 1982 French edition, and now—with this Wisconsin reprinting of t he English translation—Capek's book takes a firm place among the classic works of gardening literature.

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