earthly pursuits: cultivating the
gardens of the body, mind and spirit with an eclectic look at old-fashioned and
new-fangled ideas about gardening, botany, agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, the
language of flowers, bibliomania, food, life and other earthly things.
earthly pursuits urges everyone to be
sustainable and organic
you've got books you will want to take a look at these bookcases.
Food and recipes
Tips on food and cooking,
recipes and interesting tidbits.
Rules for Eating
Sandwiches and Such
Eat the Best Food Possible
Food and Clothing in a Lifetime
Plant database links and books to help identify plants.
Most of the images on this site are available
in high resolution for personal, non-commercial or educational use. Please
And Still Looking For:
Squantum Sugar Corn
Seed - "One of the sweetest and most valued varieties I know of. It is
rather early and wonderfully productive. Rows irregular, but setting four
and five ears on a stalk." (from Gardening For Profit by Peter
If you know where I can find a small quantity of this
seed, please email me.
e-books in progress or complete :
Personified - JJ Grandville - 1847 -
The language of flowers with exquisite plates of flowers in their human
incarnations as women. Flower
in English, French and Latin with meaning; flora's hour, days and months;
and a short course on the history, grammar and use of the language of
flowers. The flowers tell the stories of their lives as humans.
now available in paperback Volume I
click here for
of Forty Centuries: or Traditional Agriculture in China, Korea
and Japan. -
F.H. King - 1911.
Sustainable agriculture proven.
Evolution of Horticulture in New England - Daniel Denison Slade
From A Living Dead Man - Elsa Barker - 1914 -
Judge David Patterson Hatch (d. 1912) through Elsa Barker's automatic
writing, tells us what life is like on the other side of the veil.
Comforting, inspirational, thought-provoking. Everyone who reads this book
is uplifted. His next book is War Letters from a Living Dead Man. [complete
Letters From A Living Dead Man - Elsa
Barker - 1915 - The Great War from
another perspective. [complete online]
Letters From The Living Dead Man - Elsa
Barker - 1919 - The third and final
Living Dead Man book.
War Garden Victorious
- Charles Lathrop Pack - 1919 -
"Coming events, we are told, cast their shadows before. Among the prophetic
shadows now hovering over us is a finger of cloud which points to vital
changes in the business of feeding the world. Indeed, these changes are
already taking place. In part they have taken place, but many of us, being
of those who have eyes yet do not see, are still unaware that the old order
has changed and that the new order of things has come to pass." (from
World War I War Gardens were tremendously successful and can inspire us
today to help end hunger. This book can serve as a blueprint of action.
Saving and Sharing
Telling How the Older Children of America May
Help Save - from Famine - Their Comrades in Allied Lands Across the Sea.
Prepared under the direction of THE UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATION. -
Gardens Handbook of the
Victory Garden Committee War Services, Pennsylvania State Council of Defense
- April 1944
A Handbook on necessity, history, organization, planning, planting,
cultivating and preserving food in the Victory Gardens of WWII. Can be used
as a guidebook to promoting the new sustainable Garden movement.
of Agriculture Allotment and Garden Guides - 1945
A series of 12 leaflets published by the U.K.
Ministry of Agriculture at its wartime base at the Berri Court Hotel in
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England "...to help you to get better results
from your vegetable plot and your fruit garden." I now have all 12
Dig for Victory
Leaflet No. 1 - Cropping Plan referred to in above guides.
The Old and the New in Corn
Culture - Article from the 1918 Yearbook of Agriculture. Interesting
facts about corn and its significance in American history. Fascinating Hopi
method of planting corn in arid region.
The Garden Magazine
Beginning with the May 1917 issue, articles
about war gardening started to appear. In this issue President Wilson makes
gardening a patriotic duty and a garden plan is included.
Books About Books
Gardening with Kids
Herbs - Medicinal / Culinary
Mulch / Intensive Gardening
Native American Gardening
Seed Starting & Plant Propagation
Seeds, Soil & Biodiversity
earthly pursuits' used books in a variety of subjects.
SEARCH FOR BOOKS
"There is no enemy
as great as hunger."
Neelix, Star Trek Voyager
should be hungry. Read about the tremendous success of the grassroots War
Garden and Victory Garden campaigns during World Wars I & II. (The
War Garden Victorious - 1919 ) Learn about A Garden in Every School
program, community gardens and community supported agriculture (CSAs) and
other programs. Grow your own vegetables and help others grow some too.
Hunger can, and must, be fed.
A brief history of
Greenhouses - Then and Now
site is about:
Before the big boys started digitizing
library collections, earthly pursuits was envisioned as an
e-book reference library on all aspects of gardening. I have been collecting
old books and magazines to digitize and offer them online and as reprints
through print-on-demand technology.
While this is still a goal,
due to many reasons I have gotten sidetracked and this site has been
neglected for some time. It is now time to resume posting some of the
materials that are not already available on other sites.
I would like to post
complete e-books, but since the process is very slow I will continue to
post chapters as they are finished. Chapters will be added on a regular basis until the books,
This website has only a fraction of the content I intend
to make available. I have hundreds of books, magazines, pamphlets and
other materials to be digitized and prepared for this website.
a word about copyrights
The old books (anything before 1923) on this site are in the public domain,
if you can find them to purchase.
these public domain materials is expensive,
very time consuming and requires a lot of labor and skill. So, even though
the books are in the public domain, the files on this website are not
and they may not be reproduced
in any form without stated or written permission.