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!
I'm linking up to the Homestead Barn Hop with this post today! Come by and meet more fun homesteaders in blog land!


Patrice said...

What neat information! I love the one about using sunflowers for pole beans. Why didn't I think of that?

Country Gal said...

Oh wonderful book ! I have done #4 and it works !
My mum used alot of what the book says when we were on the farm, she had a huge veggie garden and harvested alot of it for us to eat all year round! Great post. Have a wonderful day !

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

I was just reading about the sunflowers and pole beans the other day as part of a companion planting pair, or you can use corn instead of sunflowers and add squash for the 3 sister method..

What a great book, a true treasure...I think every woman should have one...I know I would love it.

Blessings Kelsie

Brenda said...

I have read about the soap to help keep the dirt from under your nails more than once but I always forget to take time to do that one. My garden gloves always have the tips of the fingers worn out and I always end up with dirt under my nails gloves or not.

Teresa said...

I know the jars over early seeds will work as well as the egg carton for starting seeds. I really like the idea of adding the zinnia seeds to a row of peas. That book sounds like a great treasure!

Jill @ The Prairie Homestead said...

I LOVE this! You can beat tried and true wisdom-there were several of these tips I had never heard of before! Thanks for sharing this at the Homestead Barn Hop this week!

Dicky Bird said...

My Dad (Native American) had some great ideas like these too. He, and now I do too, plant our corn in hills, between the hills we plant pumpkins, then some sunflowers, with pole beans around the sunflower seed, then another hill of corn and keep that up in our rows. Not only a good use of ground space but looks lovely!

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