I’m still thinking about books by Ida D. Bennett.
In addition to The Flower Garden (1903, 1910), she also wrote a book called The Vegetable Garden (1909).
Even though I don’t own this particular book, yet, I can browse through it online thanks to Google Books.
The first few sentences of Chapter One bring to mind the old saying, “What’s old is new again”. Bennett wrote in the very first sentence,
“Recent legislation has focused public attention in no small degree upon the subject of pure food. Just what goes into the composition of the food we eat is becoming more and more a matter of inquiry by the consumer.”
And over 100 years later, people are still starting vegetable gardens because of concern about what goes into or on the food sold in the grocery stores.
“Much of the garden stuff offered in the open market or peddled from door to door was gathered the day before or even earlier and hauled long distances in an uncovered wagon over a dusty road and we all know of what the dust of the road is composed, afterward to lie exhibited on open stalls in markets or in front of stores exposed to the flies or the attentions of every passing dog – and the benches are seldom above high water mark – and the unspeakable dust and filth of the streets.”
Well, if that didn’t convince people to grow their own vegetables, Bennett went on to write…
“There are no vegetables like those which come wet with the morning dew from one’s own garden to grace the breakfast table with the toothsome crispness of the scarlet radish or the fresh coolness of lettuce.”
Which brings to mind the question… would you rather be scared into growing your own vegetables or seduced into growing your vegetables?