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 HOBICUMTURBA SocIErY. That kind of work might do in Pennsylvania but it would not work in Wisconsin. A good Wisconsin farm hand could plant and attend to a garden of that size by using a horse and a garden cultivator by working on it six days in every month, then have twenty days each month to raise other farm crops. That Eng- lishman was either a poor man to hire or he had an awful good garden. Ninth. He says a farmer should have as good a garden as he can afford to. I agree with him here. He says fruit trees should not be planted in the garden. I agree in this, too. He said his father damaged his garden by planting cherry, peach and dwarf pear trees around the outside of it. Well, I think such trees with plum trees and a few top-grafted apples around the outside will pay in fruit and pleasure as much as any like amount of land located in any other place on the farm. Mr. Ingham does not mention flowers in the Farmer's Garden, but does say that a nice bed of asparagus on the side will furnish tender, delicious and healthful food in the early spring. Mr. Ingham's idea seems to be that the farmer's garden does not pay in dollars and dimes, but I think it does. I also think in Wis- consin the farmer and his family have something else in view besides the dollars and dimes; they desire some pleasure which is testified to by the finding in so many farmer's gardens, and in the grounds adjoining them, beautiful flowers. For example, the writer has attended funerals in a farming community remote from cities where the coffin of the departed parent or child was profusely covered with flowers that all came from farmer's gar- dens; there was no dollars and dimes, but it expressed more; it manifested sympathy, kindness, neighborly love and affection. I have in mind a farmer's garden, not an isolated case, but one similar to many I know, where some beautiful peonies are along the front, their deep green foliage is nice when they are not in bloom; then along the outside is or was a long row of dahlias which are beautiful as colder weather approaches; then at one side a long row of sweet peas supported by wire netting at a small cost; then from a half to a dozen rose bushes that when in bloom are so fragrant; then a nice pansy bed for the children to admire and pick and these flowers in addition to the early po- tatoes, sweet corn, lettuce, radishes, onions, string beans, to- matoes, cucumbers, early and late cabbage, parsnips, celery, a bed of carrots so useful and healthy in a boiled dinner, all work in beautiful to round out the farmer's garden, which, 158
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