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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)

Page 32

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my back garden and pull one carrot, one plant of parsley, one of
everything, and I will have.a good soup. But if I went to the
grocery store, I would have to put on a different dress, change
my shoes, waste my time and probably stand and gossip with a
friend. So I found that by having that back yard garden we
would save time and also money."
Then we found that the garden movement was a great commun-
ity factor, that with the increase in size of cities you had forgotten
who your neighbor was; if he had more than you had you were
jealous; if you had a little more than he had, you would feel just
a little above him. Very often we found where there was a gar-
den next to a chicken coop, when the chickens got out, that would
destroy the spirit of the community but then they would lock up
the chickens and harmony would be restored.
It was fortunate that during the war there was an order came
from the government that it is unpatriotic to shoot or interfere
with pigeons of any kind. Now, they interfere a whole lot with
our gardens, so it was necessary for us to interfere with the gov-
ernment order, and, being diplomatic about everything, I went to
the city attorney's office and asked, "What does the term 'inter-
fere' mean? Suppose these people have a piece of poultry net-
ting above the garden, does that interfere with the pigeon?" He
said, it might. "Well," I said in good American slang, "We
should worry, we will let them get tangled up and we will go
into the supreme court." And we did get into court and we
won out.
When we went into this work we divided our gardens into two
kinds, vacant lot gardens for adults and children's gardens. The
children's gardens we turned over to the supervision of some one
connected with the school board; he receives no salary and we
give him the munificent sum of $15 for expenses a month. So
there is no graft. We are pleased to report that we have 7,000
children in the city of Milwaukee interested in gardening, and in
the fall of the year we had 45 exhibits in the public schools and
we awarded three ribbons, first second and third prizes, no cash
prizes in the public schools, and the first prize winners then took
their exhibits to the city hall, to the Grand Central Exhibit, for
which we gave a cash prize of five dollars, in each class, $3, $2
and $1; and there were sixty cash prizes for the children at the

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