SEGMENT: GARDEN, FOOD STORAGE, & FOOD & MEALS
Mrs. Leland Hall>UIS Collection H-I>UIS Collection H-I, Segment 2
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- She continues the discussion about life on a farm for a hired man's family in Greenview, IL. No difficulty getting to town. She went to school in town.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Mother made hominy with hot lye bath and lots of rinsing. Weather froze it to store in winter.
- Garden planned by mother. In February put lettuce and radishes in around edges of tobacco bed on a south slope for sun. Garden fenced. Covered with tobacco canvas (thicker than cheesecloth). First, they gathered up all yard trash (sticks, leaves, etc.) and burned it on the spot where the bed would be to warm the ground. When seed planted and covered by cloth and set in sun, they always had early vegetables.
- FOOD STORAGE
- Dug pit on well-drained, south-facing land, lined pit with straw & buried potatoes and apples for the winter. Kept turnips, beets, cabbages for spring rather than seeds.
- Mother saved some plants for the seed for the next year's garden. She planted gardens by the moon and by the 'signs'. Saved tomato seeds from strongest plants for next year. Still does. Fertilized with animal manure.