The profitable arte of gardening

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The profitable arte of gardening was the first book about gardening published in England, being first published in 1563 under the title A most briefe and pleasaunte treatise, teaching how to dresse, sowe, and set a garden. It was written by Thomas Hill who went on to write the even more successful work, The Gardener's Labyrinth.[1]


To protect against hail, the book advised hanging the skin of a crocodile, hyena or seal.[2]


  1. ^ Julie Coleman (May 2001), The Gardener's Labyrinth, University of Glasgow
  2. ^ Barbara Tufty (1987-09-01), 1001 questions answered about hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural air disasters, p. 160, ISBN 978-0-486-25455-5