Yesterday, my fiance finally finished making the clothesline! He used old chain-link fences posts that we pulled out of our yard last year. It was his first time working metal and he had the help of tools like an angle grinder and power drill that may not have been available to people during the Depression, but hey – he never pledged to do things in the way his great grandfather would have, now did he?
We did a lot of work in the yard yesterday, besides putting up the laundry line. My mom and I were also weeding and maintaining the garden. The slug offensive has been bolstered by reinforcements of iron phosphate. Now, would my great grandmother have used such a product to battle pests? I would say yes, because pesticides (that are much more immediately threatening to human welfare than those we have now) were certainly used to battle grasshoppers in the dust bowl. However, would she have had access to such a product? Likely not.
I admit, I was weak. I even bought a case of Hamms beer (first established in 1865 – yes, even the beer was available to my great-grandma) to make my slug traps with but … the Sluggo. It was there, looking at me, saying, “You know I will make it all better.”
And when I discovered the aphids … the Neem oil was there. Looking at me. Saying, “Protect your investment. Remember what happened last year? And look – I’m organic!”
So I was weak and I used them both. But to be fair, IF Great-Grandma had had access to these products and could afford to use them, you can bet your lunch she would have. Ain’t nobody got time during the Depression for questioning the means to an end. Get food on the table or your family starves. Do whatever you can to protect that food until it’s ready.
My next project is to repair the poor, ripped up grill cover. Would my great-grandmas have an elaborate grill and a custom cover? No. But if they had, would they have just bought a new cover when the old one ripped? Hell no. They would have sewed it back together. So I will do that then.