A bit out od the flow going here but I wanted to report on a new-to-me book I found at the local pulic liberary and been reading:
“A Brief History of Gardening” by Niel Fairbairn 2001 published by Rodale Organic Living Books.
An expensive hard cover book. One to check-out versus buy.
The writer is an English-American so his “brief” is a bit self-depreciating. He is time-line covering from ~40,000 BCE to 2001.
He parallels lays out the near simultaneous development of human agriculture/gardening works around the globe. Does this mostly in time-lines segments with pictures and 20-30 word texts/explains. His time-lines shows a few social, religious, cultural and even technology leaps as a reference.
Ha! A prooof-book about my asretation the we humans been modifying the face/weather/ and even climate of this blue-green ball long before dino-fuels of fossil coal use, petroleum and natural gas.
Lots of agricultural Saints, Sinners, short-sighted, overoptimistic saviors named in this history.
Most names you will recognize. But now put into place with thier peers and time frame. Jonney Appleseed was a soap-box evangelist?
And some lost in histories dust bin significant people:
1840’s German chemist Justus von Liebig advocating that soil productivity could be “manures” de-mystified into simple chemistry controllable science. Right, but wrong, too incomplete. Decades later publishing professor of horticulture Liberty Hyde Bailey as advocating a combined respect and reverence in soil science, husbandry in blood. sweat and toil as the “deep ecology” way.
He was labeled a contrarian as pleasing neither right-way/wrong-way side.
Ha! Sound like me.
Always willing to hybridize my beliefs and Doing systems.
Us pick and choose folks as the best results getters, with costs of getting those results accounting.
In my own humble opinion of course.
Back into the currents talk of Amercanseeds company suppliers:
“A Surfeit of Seeds” page 172. Started as the 1800 New York state Shakers packaging , distributing out by wagon, mail getting market very over-saturated confusing by the post war late 1860’s with rail-road mail-order delivery of a thousand different suppliers with 10’s of thousands of varieties. The Internet info over-saturation of today.
Some of the companies/suppiers you’all named are the survivors from that time.
I use regional recommendation Territorial Seeds.
With exceptions. Peanut squash is working alright for us here.
J-I-C Steve unruh