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Aunt Ella’s Diary: Planting and Berry Picking (#2)
Planting and Berry Picking
Early summer on Ella’s farm was always busy. A wide variety of crops were planted every year. Ella had help from her brother Bartlett, who lived across the road, and from her boarder, Mr. Wood. Over the years, the rhythm of Ella’s life remained fairly constant, as seen by the following diary entries.
A planter such as the one below made the planting easier. Enough produce needed to be planted to last the year. Note that this planter was made in Enfield, NH.
Along with planting crops, Ella took advantage of various berries that grew in her area.
Wednesday, July 13, 1904 after dinner Henrietta Myra and I went Raspberrying I got 42 quarts
Tuesday, June 11, 1918 I went up to Myra’s a little while We went Strawberrying got quite a mess for the time of year
The following longer diary entry is typical, although Ella seldom complained. She was 41. Can you imagine tackling all these projects in one day?
I have done a good many things I carried the Ham Pickle out and washed the Barrel then I swept the Shed Room and washed the floors Got Mustard Greens for dinner Made a short Cake and Aunt Mary and I went Strawberrying but did not get many I picked over some of the Potatoes and swept up some down cellar We have ironed Bartlett has hoed some of his Corn Ethan helped him Cultivate A lovely evening