The American style of cottage gardening must grow out of the fact that our labourers do not have as much time for gardening as the English. We have about two hours less sunlight every day than the English people enjoy. That long English twilight would be worth billions of dollars to us. Possibly a seven-hour working day would about put us on a par with them.

This means that our labourers must settle down to growing plants which require less time and skill than the English cottagers have. Our men must grow less fruit, for there are more and worse insects to fight. English cottage gardens often have more flowers than lawn; ours must often be content with having more lawn than flowers.