calvinjane wrote:I like to collect old gardening books ....
I also enjoy reading old gardening books.
However, I would caution anyone (especially those new to gardening) to be very careful and double-check recommendations [especially any recommendations about chemicals] before following the advice given in older books.
As an example, I have enjoyed the Victory Garden television series through the years. For fun, I started acquiring old books that were published as companions to that TV series... I suppose that I enjoy the nostalgia of that sort of thing.
But, many of the old books from the 1970s and 80s have information that is in stark contrast to the Organic gardening that I practice.
A beginning gardener would probably come away from those books thinking that it is impossible to garden without a supply of chemical fertilizers and pesticides ... not to mention that many of the chemicals sited are no longer available (banned).
So, yes, enjoy old garden books, but just be aware of the potential pitfalls.