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May Garden Journal continued

1853          Rio Chico May 6:   Planted Watermelons and Cantaloupes May 11:  Hoed Sweet Corn Planted Lima Beans Irishmen dug Ditch Heavy Shower this evening Sowed a few Marrowfat Peas Rained all night May 12: Rained hard this forenoon Sund[ay] 15: … Continue reading

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May Garden Journal

May Mon 2:  Transplanted Cabage Sowed Onion Seed rain storm     slight Shower Tues 3:  Made Beds    drived home Mr. Bidwell Sowed Onion Seed Sowed Buck Wheat Weed peas.  passed  Stage passed up The note “drived home Mr. Bidwell” is an … Continue reading

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Garden Journal continued

1853     Garden Journal   Rio Chico [April] 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“Miners Would Go Miles to See It”

In 1853, John Bidwell couldn’t buy packets of seeds off a rack in store and he couldn’t order them from a seed catalog. So how did he get the seeds for his vegetable garden? In 1851 and ’52 Bidwell had … Continue reading

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