Veggie Gardening Season



Of all the remedies soapsuds where bleaching or much soda is not used is a cheap easily obtainable and a killer of aphides…Nothing surpasses soapsuds and cold water as a aphids destroyer.

~Journal of Horticulture and Practical Gardening


The Science of Home-Keeping

Home-keeping is a science, and but who profess it really possess it.  And the more we accomplish with the least of money, and the smallest amount of work, the more science we exhibit. The woman who keeps her house so that it is home to the tired and weary husband and little ones, so that any and all the time they spend at home, until the very idea of at home is a happy thought, is a scientific home keeper.
~Western Garden and Poultry Journal

I love vintage thoughts such as these that remind us that keeping the home is much more than cleaning, and cooking. It’s a science where the desired outcome are happy thoughts for those who dwell therein.



Vintage Tips for Planning Your Garden

"Painting the Patio Green", May 2, 1953
“Painting the Patio Green”

Plan Before You Plant

…it is well, above all things, that the garden be small enough or the planting of one’s grounds simple enough to be maintained in comfort both to one’s self and to one’s pocket book, that gardening may not become a weariness but remain a pleasure, and the garden be a delight to the eyes instead of a visible evidence of things undone.

Now, in order to realize this pleasing vision, there are certain homely details which, before she buys her seeds and decides upon her summer’s planting, the prospective gardener would do well to consider, such as these: What sort of diet can be provided for the plants? Is the soil rich or poor? If poor where can well rotted manure be had? How much can be spent on fertilizer? What water supply is possible? What position can be given the plants shade or sunshine exposure to wind or shelter?

And here are a few “Don’ts for beginning gardeners:

  • Don’t try for bargains in plants. Get good, carefully packed stock from a trustworthy, well established firm.
  • Don’t send in your order the last minute and expect to get the choicest stock.
  • Don’t begin your garden experience with extraordinary novelties. Such plants usually require expert care to bring forth anything but disappointment.
  • Don’t try too many sorts nor plan too large a garden; a few plants well grown and a small garden well cared for are better than many unhappy plants on a large area untended.
  • Don’t slight the preparation of the ground.
  • Don’t economize on manure.
  • Don’t use any but well rotted manure; if that is not available get commercial fertilizer.
  • Don’t fail to find out all you can about the soil.


~The Joyous Art of Gardening

The History of the Kitchen


These days kitchens are a beautiful thing. Full of granite and shiny stainless steel. Tall pantries and as many drawers and cupboards for whatever you can think of.

Our carries an 8 foot island, dishwasher, big corner pantry and a nice linen cabinet to keep all my tablecloths and china.

But what were kitchens like for women long ago?

Imagine what a kitchen without electricity, easy running water, microfiber moths, and a tall cool fridge in the corner would be. Not pretty to our luxurious way of life is it.

Imagine cooking on a wood stove, or over an open fire even.

Imagine have to can and preserve everything because refrigerators hadn’t been invented yet.

But women made it work.

I found a great article on the History of Kitchens for you.

Giving Thanks for What We Have

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“If, deep in our hears, we are grateful in proportion to the good that is ours, then we are sure to know a kind of Peace and Thanksgiving that can make us kin to all the world.”
~Mary Brooks Picken, 1924

This is a quote beginning the November chapter of my Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun book by Amy Barickman

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s a wonderful reminder to be thankful of all that good that we have. Not comparing our good to others but to look upon what we as an individual have been blessed with and known/

~Happy Thanksgiving

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