WPA Iowa Gardening Recipes and Notes Part 1
1930s and early 1940s WPA food sources located in the archives of the US Library of Congress cover a wide range of topics including gardening. Over the next couple days I’m sharing excerpts/stories from a Iowa folder titled Special Studies and Projects, Almanacs, Iowa, Anecdotes/facts/proverbs/recipes Notes, Reports, and Essays. I have produced the content in a paraphrased format when necessary to make them legible and indirect quotes as often as possible. Today’s stories particularly relevant here in New England where the weather in May has felt more like October but the trees to look like spring. On the sideline of a youth lacrosse game I wore long Johns under my jeans and rain pants covering the jeans, plus a fleece sweatshirt, late winter jacket with a hood over my baseball cap and mittens I use when snowplow my driveway born a chilly bike ride to work.
In preparing hothouse (greenhouse) soil, use equal parts of rotted manure and garden loam. Swift the mixture through a ¼ inch screen into a flat plant box. Keep the box of prepared soil and seeds in a warm place for about 60° temperature until the seeds germinate. When the first true leaves begin to develop transplant the seedlings 1 ½ to 2 inches apart. Mushrooms can be grown in the soil, too, provided it is kept in a warm, damp, and rather dark place.