More from Bidwell’s Garden Journal


1853     Garden Journal           Rio Chico

April 13:  Transplanted Beets
Rained hard all the forenoon
Made Beds
Rain in the nite

Thurs 14:  Made Beds, weed Parsnips
Weed Onions
Friday 15:  Planted Cewcumber seed
Weed Onions and Carrots
Weed Parsnips
Saturday 16:  Plowed
Sowed Buck Wheat
Weed Onions

17:  Rain Storm
Monday 18:  Transplanted Cabage
Transplanted Beets
Planted Corn
Tuesday 19:  Planted Corn

Wednesday 20:  Plowed
Fine shower of rain
Thursday 21:  Plowed
Sowed Onions seed
Planted Sweet Potatoes

Friday 22:  Plowed, Planted Corn
Saturday 23:  Planted Corn, Sowed Onion seed
Sowed Collaflower seed

A nice look at what was growing in the vegetable garden at Rancho Chico in 1853: beets, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, cucumbers, corn, and sweet potatoes. That’s a good variety of veggies. It rained frequently too, more often than I have noticed it raining in April here nowadays.

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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