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ORCHARD AND KITCHEN GARDEN;
AN ACCOUNT OF THE MOST VALUABLE FRUIT AND
IN GREAT BRITAIN:
KALENDARS OF THE WORK REQUIRED IN THE ORCHARD
AND KITCHEN GARDEN
DURING EVERY MONTII IN THE YEAR.
BY GEORGE LINDLEY, C.M.H.S.
JOHN LINDLEY, F.R.S.
PREFACE BY THE EDITOR.
THE Author of the following work has been occupied, at intervals, during nearly forty years, in preparing for the press materials for a complete account of the fruit trees and vegetables cultivated in the gardens of Great Britain. The result of these enquiries is now presented to the reader, in a form which, it is thought, is so condensed as to comprehend the greatest quantity of information in the smallest compass, and which at the same time is sufficiently diffuse to render it possible for the reader to acquire as much knowledge as is either important or indispensable in regard to any particular variety. Those points which are so peculiarly interesting to all Gardeners, such as the kind of stock upon which a given variety will succeed better than upon another, the comparative value of each kind of fruit, — the aspects that it requires, — the different names under which it is known in England or elsewhere, — the books in which a faithful figure may be found,—the purposes for which it is best adapted, — the seasons when it is in the greatest perfection,--and topics of a similar kind, have been in all cases treated with especial care. This there are few men more competent to do well than Mr. Lindley, whose long practical experience, and ample opportunities of investigating such subjects personally during a series of many years, have been such as have rarely fallen to the lot of any one.