Most of my gardening books are still boxed away in the barn since the move from the UK.
I am looking forward to the last of the guests leaving the gite at the end of this week so that we can get amongst all of the boxes that remain unpacked and seek out all of my reference books which I accumulated over the years.
One book though that for some reason didn't get packed as a gardening reference was the new illustrated garden encyclopaedia by Richard Sudell which was published around 1946.
I came into possession of the book after being given it by Queenie Etherington who lived in Chapel Cottage next to my house on the edge of Shortheath Common in Oakhanger.
It is a fascinating read, and much of the information is just as valid today, as it was when the book was first published. However, hand drawn illustrations are relied upon heavily and real photographs are few and far between.
Look at the drawing that explains how to pour Hydrochloric acid into a glass of dried soil to determine if your garden is deficient in lime - "add a little Hydrochloric acid. If no effervescence the soil requires lime".