Grandma Mellie's Scrapbook
Copyright © 2001, Michael S. Cole, M.D.

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Springtime Feast

    This being such a beautiful spring morning, I am leaving my dishes. (They are nice about waiting until we are ready to do them!)
    I am going to hunt wild greens. I shall find polk, sour dock, lamb's quarter, and wild lettuce. Sometimes I put a few wild strawberry leaves in. What a good dinner I'll have! Greens cooked with a jowl or ham joint, freshly churned buttermilk, cornbread, and fresh rhubarb pie for dessert.
    I think I enjoy springtime most of all. So many pretty flowers. And the wild flowers are beautiful this year.

    LMU, you asked in your column about the time to plant turnip seed. My folks always planted the 25th of July. They said there was nearly always a "season" in the ground at that time.
    Some folks plant the 10th of August. I know we always had lots of turnips. Father would dig a pit and put the turnips in it, cover them with grass or straw and earth. And in the Spring if any turnips were left over, he would set them out to grow and make seed for the next spring.

Mellie Cole
May 1952

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