Nature Study & Gardening by George. W. Carver {Free eBook}

Nature Study and Gardening for Rural Schools by George Washington Carver is a short bulletin published in 1910 through his work at Tuskegee Institute that is free in the public domain.

Carver was a gifted horticulturist and biologist who after accepting Booker T. Washington’s offer worked at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama for nearly twenty years making innovations in agriculture. He is best known for his work with peanuts — an easy-to-grow source of protein that does not deplete the soil like other crops.

Nature Study and Gardening, while aimed at rural public schools, offers a wide array of practical tips for nature study and gardening in a home setting. The bulletin covers:

  • Different types of gardens.
  • Selecting a site.
  • Creating garden plots.
  • Selecting tools.
  • Preparing the soil.
  • Selecting seeds.
  • Planting.
  • Cultivating.
  • Harvesting.
  • Marketing.
  • Climate.
  • Insects.
  • Fertilizing.
  • Diseases.
  • Much more!

The bulletin also contains a very helpful gardening/planting calendar. Great concise content!

The thoughtful educator realizes that a very large part of the child’s education must be gotten outside of the four walls designated as class room. He also understands that the most effective and lasting education is the one that makes the pupil handle, discuss and familiarize himself with the real things about him, of which the majority are surprisingly ignorant….

If properly taught the practical Nature study method cannot fail to both entertain and instruct.

It is the only true method that leads up to a clear understanding of the fundamental principles which surround every branch of business in which we may engage. It also stimulates thought, investigation, and encourages originality.

We absolutely agree!

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Additional Resources

Nature Study and Gardening for Rural Schools by George Washington Carver
Paperback version for those interested.

Peanut Unit {Free}

Peanut Unit {Free}
Free teacher’s kit and lots of resources.

How to Grow the Peanut
Text (always practical) by Carver.

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