The Best Soil


picture of the botanist

“No man will deny, but the naturall blacke mould is not only the fattest and richest, but farre exceedeth any other either naturall or artificiall, as well in goodness as durability. And next thereunto, I hold the sandy loame (which is light and yet firme, but not so loose as sand, nor stiffe like unto clay) to be little inferior for this our Garden of Pleasure. But of all other sorts of grounds, the stiffe clay is the very worst.”
-John Parkinson

John Parkinson was a botanist who lived between 1566 and 1650.


donationDonate the cost of a coffee through Paypal for the work of publishing these pages. Please support my writing and webmaster efforts.
Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Please consider supporting this site.

Shop shrubs at Nature Hills

Related Posts

Autumnal Face

With The Wind, Autumn Personified Greeting Card "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." - John Donne,

When the Year Grows Old

When the Year Grows Old by Edna St. Vincent Millay I cannot but remember When the year grows old-- October--November-- How she disliked the cold!...


October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came - The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples, And leaves of every name. The Sunshine spread a carpet, And...

The white face of the winter day came sluggishly on, veiled in a frosty mist.

Read more
Ilona Erwin, author

Meet the Author


I started working on this website beginning in 1998, when it was part of "Ilona's Reflecting Pool". Since then I've branched out into a number of online endeavors and work at writing lots of content for my sites. The work on "Ilona's Garden" remains my primary site and is dedicated to home gardener's success.