February 13, 1978 12:00 PM

by Maureen and Bridget Boland

Take off your trousers and sit on the ground. (It’s okay to wait for spring.) If the ground feels comfortable to you, it will be comfortable for the seeds you plant too. That’s the kind of homily found in this pretty little old-fashioned book written by a couple of gardening sisters in London. Troubled by garden pests? “If it moves slowly enough, step on it; if it doesn’t, leave it—it’ll probably kill something else.” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $5.95)

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