Garden Journal continued

1853     Garden Journal   Rio Chico

Mon 25:  Sowed Onion Seed
Tues 26:  Sowed Onion Seed
Planted Corn
Wen 27:  Manured the Garden
Weed Onions
Thurs 28:  Frequent showers
Plowed and harrowed
Sowed Onion seed
Transplanted Beets

Frid 29:  Rain Storm
Hoed Potatoes
Weed Onions
Weed Beets     Snowed on low mountains

Sat 30:  Made Beds
Sowed Onion Seed

And that’s April 1853 in the garden at Rancho Chico.  Not the most exciting journal ever written, but still, it’s a glimpse into life on Rancho Chico in the 1850s.

They were planting a lot of onions, it looks like to me! But onions would have been a reliable crop and a good seller. People want more onions than beets.

This is not in John Bidwell’s handwriting. He didn’t make the letter “d” as you see it here. The Garden Journal may have started out in his hand, but someone else took it over — I don’t know who.


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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