home bookshop feed the hungry   earthly pursuits logo
what's new old book library safe seed pledge  
contact about books about food & recipes  
links I  II   garden tips  
search flower language blether  
  alphabetized flowers     flowers by meaning companion planting  
    click here to make a
"free" contribution to earthly pursuits



The War Garden Victorious - Appendix 1
Victory Edition 1919 WAR GARDENING and Home Storage of Vegetables





How the National War Garden Commission Came into Being


The Story of the War Garden


How War Gardens Helped


Types of War Gardens


Uncle Sam's First War Garden


How Big Business Helped


How the Railroads Helped


The Army of School Gardeners


Community Gardening


Cooperation in Gardening


War Gardens as City Assets


The Part Played by Daylight Saving


The Future of War Gardening


Conserving the Garden Surplus


Community Conservation


Conservation by Drying


Why We Should Use Dried Foods


The Future of Dehydration


Cooperation of the Press
  Chapter 19 - Cartoon Illustrations


  "War Gardening,"
Victory Edition, 1919
Cover / Letters / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32
More Letters / Back

  "Home Canning and Drying," Victory Edition, 1919
Cover / Letters / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30 / 31 / 32
More Letters / Back

Color Plates

  Sow the Seeds of Victory - Every Garden a Munition PlantWILL YOU HAVE A PART IN VICTORY?

"Every Garden a Munition Plant"

James Montgomery Flagg

  War Garden Victorious Poster - War Gardens Over The TopA Poster Spreading the Idea of Militant War Gardens

Maginel Wright Enright

  War Garden Victorious Poster - Every Garden a Peace PlantA Poster for 1919, Symbolic of Victory

Maginel Wright Enright

  War Garden Victorious Poster - Can Vegetables, Fruits and the Kaiser tooCAN VEGETABLES, FRUIT AND THE KAISER TOO

J. Paul Verrees

A Poster Which Was Used in 1918, and Which, Amended–Following Germany's Defeat–Was Also Forceful in 1919



  We can can vegetables, fruti and the Kaiser too We can can Vegetables Fruit and the Kaiser too



page 30


     Owners of gardens will find that the saving of seed from this year's gardens will be of great help for next year's planting. While it is more satisfactory, ordinarily, to purchase seed from reliable dealers the increased planting of home gardens, the poor crop of seed, the decrease of foreign importation, the exporting of certain seed to Europe and the use of certain kinds for food have caused a shortage and, as an emergency measure, each gardener should save as much seed as possible.

drawing of perfect ear of cornFig. 10––In selecting corn to be saved for seed, choose the most perfect ears.

     Saving of seed is easily done, though it requires care and attention. In saving seed select them from plants of a single variety grown by itself if possible, rather than from plants where more than one variety have been planted. Where there are two or more varieties of the same vegetable growing side by side, cross fertilization takes place and standard seed cannot be obtained. It is well to learn all the features which make up the most desirable type of variety of vegetable from which seed is to be saved. Seed saved where it is grown has two advantages. For one thing more careful selection can be given than is possible for all seed placed on the market. Another advantage is that plants from this seed will succeed best under local conditions.

Select seed plants which are free from disease, which show a vigorous growth, a good yield and quality, and mature early. Mark selected plants with string. Plants selected for seed should be given especially careful cultivation and every effort should be made to promote their full development. When seed is ripe harvest with care.
      properly stored, with the exception of parsnip and onion, should retain vitality from 2 to 5 years. Thus enough seed may be saved from a good crop to tide over the poor years.

drawing of method of handing corn to dry

Fig. 11––A good way
of hanging seed corn to dry.

previous / next