A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 02, 2015
“Dig a five-dollar hole for a fifty-cent plant” (gardening adage)

Entry in progress—B.P.

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Delphinium, the Book of the American Delphinium Society
1936
Pg. 49:
In sowing seed I have remembered the old saying that “it is better to plant a ten-cent plant in a dollar hole than a dollar plant in a ten-cent hole,” so I make a special effort to have the seedbed as well prepared as I know how.

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Sunset
1940
Pg. 24:
“A 25-cent plant in a dollar hole,” was one of her sayings. Miss Session’s own garden was really more of a botanic collection, an example of the ideal planting for a semi-arid region.

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Daylilies and How to Grow Them
By Ben Arthur Davis
Atlanta, GA: Tupper & Love
1954
Pg. 48:
The time-worn advice about digging a five-dollar hole for a fifty-cent plant holds good with daylilies as well as with other horticultural items.

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Roses
By Roy Elmer Shepherd
New York, NY: Rinehart & Company, Inc.
1955
Pg. 22:
The time-worn saying that “it is better to place a ten cent plant in a dollar hole than a dollar plant in a ten cent hole” is still good advice, as a rose, properly planted, will more than justify the additional time and effort required.

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Garden Smarts:
A Bounty of Tips from America’s Best Gardeners

By Shelley Goldbloom
Chester, CT: Globe Pequot Press
1991
Pg 65:
Instead, if a fifty-cent plant goes in a five-dollar hole, we’ll have a five-dollar plant shortly. “A ‘five-dollar hole’ means the total planting environment,” Ralph elaborates

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