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The Sahib's Manual for the Mali: Everyday Gardening in India

Alick Percy-Lancaster (Author) Laeeq Futehally (Editor)
Synopsis ‘The mali’s tendency to over-water should be checked, for this is often a cause of a delayed show of flowers. The plants themselves give all the indication that is needed, for a water shortage causes the leaves to wilt and the stems to droop. The average mali we have seems unable to appreciate the difference between light watering, heavy watering, flooding and drowning, he being most adept at the last, for his commonest error is to lay the hose in a corner and leave it till the water has filled the bed entirely, overflowed and watered the adjacent lawn and nearby road indiscriminately.’

Amateur gardeners, armchair gardeners, and those who like gardens but cannot tell phlox from petunia: Sydney Percy-Lancaster’s delightful guide is for everyone. Because it explains not only the What and the How but also the all-important Why, this is one of the most comprehensive and educative books on gardening in India. Even as he dispenses practical gardening tips, the leisurely charm of Percy-Lancaster’s writing evokes an India far away and long ago.

Percy-Lancaster takes us through garden work month by month: open the book to the pages for the month you are in, follow his advice, and whatever open space you have—terrace or balcony, kitchen window or rambling lawn—will be full of leaf and flower.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Sahib's Manual for the Mali: Everyday Gardening in India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2011
Edition Reprint.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178242427
length 227p., Illustrations; 22cm.