Tips from an ancient gardener!



ORGANIC TIPS FROM AN ANCIENT EXPERT: One of the most interesting gardening books was written in the 14th century by an elderly middle class man Menagier de Paris (Householder, or Goodman, of Paris) for his very young wife. He wrote a book filled with instructions for his clueless bride to manage his house, marketing, cooking cleaning, entertaining and gardening! It gives us a very enchanting picture of domestic matters in the Middle Ages.


Here are some interesting tips on gardening: he told his wife not to water in the heat of the sun, to thin young lettuce plants, to throw saw dust on anthills to get rid of ants, to place cinders under cabbages to kill caterpillars; and not to let greens go to seed!



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