Thursday, April 28, 2011

Old School Homemaking Wisdom

I came across this little red book at my mother in law's house a while back and couldn't put it down.I love vintage books and ideas too! Just look at that Table of Contents list! Printed in 1951 by Walsworth Bros., this book contains 1001 helpful household hints which were selected from several hundred Walsworth Bros. Home Recipe books throughout the nation.

Since it's planting season, I thought it would be fun to share ten old school garden tips from the Garden Section! I know I have some savvy readers so do leave a comment and let me know if you have tried any of these and how it turned out!
  1. Plant sunflowers with your pole beans. Saves time spent in cutting poles and also protects beans from frost.
  2. Turn fruit jars over earliest planted  vegetables. They will come up quicker. 
  3. Plant radishes and cucumber seeds together to keep bugs off cucumbers.
  4. Paper egg case fillers make excellent containers in which to sow seeds in the house. Placed in flats and filled with light loam, seedlings will soon appear and may easily be transplanted without removing earth around them.
  5. Build a trellis for your cucumber vines, it makes them easier to pick and saves space in your garden.
  6. Tiny seeds are easier to plant in an even row if sprinkled from a salt shaker
  7. When Planting pea seed in the spring, sow zinnia seed in the same row at the same time. Your flowers will bloom long after the peas are gone. This saves space and beautifies your garden at the same time. 
  8. To keep worms off cabbage- 1 pint saltpeter and 3 pints of salt. Dissolve in 6 gallons of water. Sprinkle on cabbage as needed. A never failing proof against cabbage vermin. 
  9. Two tablespoons Epsom Salts and 1 table spoon soda to each gallon of water makes a spray for bean beetle.
  10. Before working in the garden or doing other rough work, rub your finger nails with a piece of soap. This will prevent the earth from getting under the nails, and when you wash your hands the soap comes out easily. 

I can't wait to hear which of these old ways have made their way into your Garden!
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