The Last World

It will bear repeating that a plant may be easy to grow in one section and difficult in another. Sweet peas, for example, in the cool, moist Pacific Northwest are one of the simplest of flowers to grow. In the heat-baked summers of the Midwest they are almost impossible. In the final analysis it is the respon­sibility of the supervising adult to know the Limitations of his own climate.

"Easy to grow," fortunately, covers a lot of territory. Popularity is by no means the sole criterion. Hundreds of seldom-grown plants are just as undemanding and just as heartily productive as the well-known few. Nothing could be easier, in many parts of the country, than the unicorn plant, flowering kale, serpent cucumber, Blue Coco beans, coleus or cladanthus, to name at random a few non-best-sellers.

The possibilities for plants that a child can grow, and for plans that dovetail with his interests, are infinite. No one book could hold them all. Suggestions presented here are mere samples. The imaginative reader will carry on with ideas of his own.

Discovery of the world of gardening at an early age can be of long-range significance. It has been said that children who do not develop at least the dawning of a special interest during the years from four to fourteen are likely in later Life to find their leisure time empty and unsatisfying. Conversely, men and women who do have satisfying leisure-time pursuits can generally trace the beginnings back to early childhood. Surely, for many youngsters, gardening may serve as one of these important special interests and occasionally may lead to full-time careers of particular suitability.

The response of a child when introduced to gardening will be materially influenced by you who guide him. If you are a gardener you have already measured for yourself the profound pleasures of gardening. This book, it is hoped, may help you hand on the gardening heritage.