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city garden plan from 1917

city garden plan from 
The Oregon Daily Journal

1917 Apr 26 Page 11
1917 Apr 27 Page 11
page one is the plan
page two is the explanation of the  plan enjoy. 
 feel free to comment on any flaw problem you may see in the plan.



  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,252
    Wow. He must have spent his whole life gardening with all that lot .When did he sleep ? 
  • they did not have cell phones.  tv,radio or internet back then so
    they had plenty of spare time. And the size of garden compared
    to the amount plants is deceptive. if you planted same amount of
     plants using the square foot spacing method the garden would be
    less than a third the size.
  • bump
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210
    I'm interested that he didn't have potatoes on his plan... obviously since it's from 1917 it doesn't include some of the veg I'd be aiming to grow today, like courgettes, sugar peas, rocket or tatsoi.  Plus it's American so it includes crops I couldn't reliably grow outside here, such as tomatoes, cucumber, melons etc.  He also seems to be growing huge amounts of certain crops like beans - I wonder if it was a market garden, or if they were grown for drying, perhaps...

    But it's interesting to see what has changed in the past 100 years or so.  That method of planting in long rows isn't something I'd be doing these days, as I'm short and old and need good access to my plants.  Smaller beds, raised or otherwise, with access paths around make sense to me.
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    It is interesting to see what was grown then. Bearing in mind that most people didn't have a fridge or freezer I wonder how they stored their veg and fruit for that matter. Drying and bottling I imagine and veg eaten in season.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • war  garden 572war garden 572 Posts: 611
    edited 22 January
    in another article in same newspaper that
    did not included describes the area as a
    major potato growing region also there
    was a bumper crop that fall of potatoes. 
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