History of Gardening compiled by Michael Garafalo.
Lots of his links are broken. But this one wasn’t
Hmm. Neolithic period. 10-20,000 years ago–
UNM library? The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention by Robert Temple and Joseph Needham.
Garafalo linked to a site [ http://www.soupsong.com/frice.html ] that had these along the sidebar:
A new spring begins
the same old wealth–about
two quarts of rice
Oh bush warblers!
Now you’ve shit all over
my rice cake on the porch
–Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), from Haiku