Across the Editor's Desk
THE other day, at a meeting of the men's garden club of which I am a member, I heard a word that was brand new to me-- one of those fourteen-dollar words, you know. It is "paleobotany." It comes from a Greek word meaning "ancient" and the more familiar word which means the study of plants.Read Article
It's News to Me!
I thought I had bought a bargain-- but promise "Never Again." I'm very fond of enamelware and if of good quality the pan I purchased would have cost several 25-cent pieces-- one quarter-dollar was all I gave. You see, I thought it was a bargain!Read Article
Why Ponce de Leon never found The Fountain of Youth
OF all the early explorers of America, Ponce de Leon was the most unique. Others sailed to the New World seeking gold, land, fame or royal favor. Ponce de Leon, however, came in quest of a mythical "Fountain of Youth".Read Article
They Can Be Attractive Too
COUNTLESS outdoor fireplaces have been built which repeat these shortcomings: 1. They fail to create the illusion of an outdoor room surrounding the fireplace-- hence have neither intimacy nor charm.Read Article
Dad, May I Have the Car Tonight?
A REAL poser among family problems in this day of the automobile is the Family Car. Who shall use the car, and when, has become a source of discord in thousands of homes.Read Article
A Model for Any Community
IN SETTING out to design this cottage, two requisites were ever in my thoughts. In the first place the plan must be modern, practical, and economical. Second, the little home must be designed to give it at once the air of individuality and distinction. And with special emphasis laid on these points, the problem has been solved to a marked degree.Read Article
Mischief-Makers in Foods and Air
MICROBES, those tiny, invisible enemies of mankind which bring disease and death, are well known to us. Whether we have a cold in the head or typhoid fever, we have learned to say, "Ah germs at work!"Read Article
Those Funny Faces
"COME out and see my pansies," invited my acquaintance. "I'd be glad to come," I answered.Read Article
Let It Blow!
OF THE numerous home improvements in which one may, and does, invest his spare capital, you will find, if you go over the list, that possibly 90 percent of the items thereon make for comfort and convenience. The other 10 percent will furnish, in addition to comfort and convenience, a yearly saving in home upkeep.Read Article
The Diary of a Plain Dirt Gardener
Aug.1 Just as the supper bell rang in drove three carloads of folks, members of a garden club, who had driven 60 miles to see what The Dirt Gardener looks like. I showed them around. I had a bite of cold supper-- and in drove a friend with his mother. The mother was from afar off and she wanted to meet The Dirt Gardener.Read Article
We All Make Mistakes
REMEM BER, possibly, a day when you sat in school, clutching your pencil and at tempting to write a difficult word like "squirrel" --how you had to concentrate on the "q" to get the squiggle going in the right direction, and you wondered whether there were two "r's" or two "l's."Read Article
Four Screws and It's Installed!
SUPPOSE someone were to tell you that you can set a new lavatory in your bathroom (or any room or closet, for that matter) with precisely as much ease as a new range is placed in your kitchen.Read Article
What's in a Name?
"HA, HA, HA! Did you hear the Junior Gardeners say that our names are hard to remember?" laughed Calendula (ka-len'-deu-la) from his sunny spot in the garden.Read Article
The Mealy Bugs Visit Insectoria
WHEN a florist friend told me in all seriousness one day, while discussing insect pests, that the little mealy bugs devoured their own mothers, I accepted the information a bit skeptically. To be sure, I had known much stranger things in Nature and had personally witnessed insects feeding, complacently, upon the bodies of their own brothers and sisters, but for several reasons I felt certain that the florist's deductions were not quite correct.Read Article
August Is a Busy Season in the Southern Garden
WHERE gardeners have bloom all the year a great variety of plant material must be employed, and the gardener must most assuredly work the year round. Even tho the gardening fever is an incurable malady one sometimes grows a bit weary and longs for a good excuse for a genuine rest-- for weeks of snow and a hard freeze, when he is not expected to be fussing around in the garden.Read Article
A Skeleton in Your Home
THE sponge you use about your home, to clean your walls, woodwork, floors, and windows and to wash your car, is an animal-- or rather, the skeleton of an animal, the lowest form of animal life-- taken from the bottom of the sea by divers or by sponge-gatherers who drag the ocean bed with poles with hooks on their ends.Read Article
A Famous Artist Speaks His Mind
AFTER many, many years' absence, Minonk, Illinois, was honored a few years ago by a visit from one of its former residents, Lorado Taft, nationally known artist and sculptor. Everybody was disgraced. For the first thing that met his eye as he turned onto the new highway into town was the city dump.Read Article
OUR suburban community, which happens to be a wee bit proud of its cookery standards, fairly outdid itself last summer in discovering new thirst-satisfying bottled fruit juices and carbonated beverages with which to stock our refrigerators. Lemons, oranges, and gingerale we had alwayskept at hand.Read Article
Senator Byrd's Favorite Recipe
GREAT STATESMAN, member of a famous Virginia family that came to America in 1690, once Virginia's youngest governor, a newspaper publisher, generally conceded to have done more for the Old Dominion than anyone since Patrick Henry-- this is Senator Harry Flood Byrd, who admits that his favorite food is Baked Southern Ham with Baked Virginia Apples.Read Article
August Calls for Frozen Dishes!
YOUR automatic refrigerator is a comfort all the year around, but it is a special joy in August-- when frozen dishes are the ideal solution to your daily menus for family meals nearly every day of the month! Send for the Better Homes & Gardens booklet "Best Frozen Dishes" today. It will bring you dozens of new recipes for frozen desserts. salads, aonetizers, and main dishes, and it costs only 10c a copy.Read Article
$50 for a Pound of Tea
A LITTLE more than a century after Columbus discovered America, sailing ships from out the East brought to London a brand-new beverage called "Cha"-- Chinese for Tea. It brought $50 a pound. Not new to the Chinese-- it had been their favorite drink since Shên-nung (emperor of China) discovered it 2800 years preceding Christ's birth-- "Cha" was now more than 44 centuries old.Read Article
ALONG THE GARDEN PATH
WHEN grand old Mother Nature pulls down the shades of night, she does it ever so gently. It is not like the sudden turning on and off of a light. The sun sinks and then comes a quiet hour in which we are prepared for the peacefulness of the night.Read Article