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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)


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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,
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