Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)
Philips, A. J.
Vegetable gardening. The farmer's garden, pp. 156-160 PDF (1.4 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. VEGETABLE GARDENING. THE FARMER'S GARDEN. A. J. PHrLIPS, West Salem, Wis. A Mr. I. W. Ingham of Bradford county, Pennsylvania, sent a paper on the above subject to be read at the summer meeting of this Society at La Crosse last summer, which varied so much from my idea of a Wisconsin farmer's garden that I am asked to reply to it. And in order to do so I will have to give some of his main points so my audience can understand this paper. First. He says the discoveries and improvements of each mem- ber tend to stimulate to greater effort by contact with each other. This I am free to admit is so. Second. He claims that a majority of the farmers have poor gardens. I will amend this by this change: that the minority have poor or no gardens. Third. He said that the late Waldo F. Brown of Ohio said that a majority of farmers fall below their privilege in not hav- ing a good garden. He answered that by saying that farmers had the privilege of going to summer resorts or to the seaside but they did not go because they had not the time or money to spare. I reply to this by saying that no class of people have more time and money to spend on vacations than the Wisconsin dairy farm- ers for from my station more farmers went to the Chicago, Omaha and Seattle expositions than did any other one class of men. Fourth. He says the field crops are the farmers' main de- pendence while his garden is not. I reply by saying that no place on the farm of the same size and run by the same expense affords the farmer and his family more of the necessaries and mainte- nance of his family and friends than does the garden, for when company comes unexpectedly, when threshers come, when corn shredders and silo fillers come, when carpenters or masons come to make improvements or repairs during the summer and fall, what is the first thing his good wife does? She may scold a lit- tle on the side because she has not had more time to prepare; then she sends some one for a few groceries; then to help out in supplying a bountiful meal, she gets a move on and sends the hired girl or hikes to the garden herself for the bulk of her sup- plies, and she usually gets it without first mowing down the weeds 156
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