Many of the public service booklets provided very similar information.
They were published by Hearst (Good Housekeeping), International Harvester,
Beech-nut Packing Company, Simon & Schuster (House & Garden Magazine), seed
companies, and the government, among others.
They taught the basics of gardening. The audience was assumed as
having no knowledge and the material was presented as such. Topics
included soil health, how to plant, when to plant, how to tend plants, pest
identification, and even suggestions on what to plant.
The basic produce types commonly suggested were:
Emphasis was placed on making gardening a family or community effort - not a
drudgery, but a pastime, and a national duty. There is truth and lessons
to be learned in our history.
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