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A Practical Guide to Garden Plants

Nature volume 63, page 463 (14 March 1901) | Download Citation



THE garden plants here dealt with are those which are hardy enough to be cultivated in the open air, and they comprise not only ornamental plants but fruits and vegetables. A well-constructed glossary precedes the body of the work. The earlier portions are devoted to the life-history of cultivated plants, which is well done so far as it goes, but which would bear to be considerably expanded. It is rather misleading to call oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and the other elementary substances which the chemist finds in plants, different kinds of food. They are the materials of which food is made, but not the food itself.

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