Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)
Kroening, William C., Mrs.
The back yard garden, pp. 30-34 PDF (1.2 MB)
WISCONSIN STATE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 31 kee were those recreations that tended to separate the individual from the home proper; that in order to make the parks available it was necessary to have transportation, and many other elements entered into making it practical to go to the parks. There was no recreation provided for those older people at home who could not go to the parks and who would gladly contribute to the sup- port of the family if they were given a chance. A man seventy years of age, not able to go into the industrial field, if he could work in a garden could contribute to the support of the family without any inconvenience to himself. Then there were the children with short hours in school, and from three to eight o'clock out in the streets, and it was necessary to find something for them to do. There were so many vacant lots in the city of Milwaukee which could be used for garden purposes and which were littered up with tin cans and used as playgrounds for boys, which brought about broken windows. Some of them were so covered that we did not know what the soil looked like. Those were the reasons why the commission decided to go into gardening, and we went into it, and it was not an easy task. First of all the objection was raised that anything you can raise in the back yard you can buy much easier in the grocery than you can raise it. People do not know the joy that there is in seeing things come out of the ground, growing day by day. We tried the question of education in gardening for several reasons. First of all we felt that gardening was the first prac- tical occupation of man after he left Eden, and just as the snake was present there, so the snake is present in Milwaukee in the shape of smoke, and so on. We have been able to keep snakes out of the garden pretty well, a few knockers, but the boosters are the bigger part of the scheme. We decided that the only reason mankind was out of the animal class was this power of produc- tion. He was lifted out of the lower class of animals, because animals may be able to secure food, but I do not know of any animal that can produce food. He may be able to provide shelter for himself, but no food, that leaves you and me out of that class. In reply to the question, "Why do you have a garden," a woman told me, "Well, if I want to make a bowl of soup, I do not have to go to a grocery store to buy a bunch of carrots, I just go out to
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