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I love old books. Google Books is my first stop when trying to figure out how to do anything farm-related. People writing these books 100+ years ago probably knew how to do it better, because their livelihoods depended on doing it right the first time.

We’re contemplating expanding to a market garden next year, so I’ve been looking up books on the topic. Today I came across this one, which is a jackpot for those just starting to plan for a market garden. It discusses preparing the soil, succession planting and even gives tips on common garden produce (or, at least, what was common in 1882).

A splendid example of cauliflower is that known as “Veitch’s Autumn Giant,” probably of continental origin, which is being profitably cultivated for late autumn uses around London and elsewhere.

Seeds are sown, grown, and transplanted into their permanently blooming ground at the same time and in the same manner as Brussels sprouts. Anyone, therefore, desirous of growing this particular kind of cauliflower should follow the directions given in regard to it, to which we add the fact that the ground cannot be too richly manured.

Download "The Garden Farmer: Profitable Market Gardening" (William Earley, 1882)