Little Heathens

Okay.  This is a first for me…a book recommendation.

Little Heathens

Somebody in one of my Organic Gardening groups recommended this book, and I immediately reserved it at the library.  It took two weeks, but I finally got the call that it was there.

The book is about the life of a young girl and her siblings being raised by their grandparents on a working farm.  The author, Mildred Armstrong, calls the book a “how-to manual — how to scrub a pig’s head in preparation for making head- cheese, how to tame a raccoon, how to plant potatoes, and how to wean a calf.

The author shares with us the way they dealt with life in a time when they had no running water, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, no heat, no air conditioning.  She shares with us what were at that time common sense solutions to the everyday problems of life.

  • Using the membrane of an egg to remove a splinter
  • Using a spider web as the equivalent of a Band-Aid
  • Stroking a chicken’s head to calm him down…before you turn him into dinner
  • How to collect a wild hive of bees to take them to your farm so they can pollinate your trees and plants

If you’re into living a life of self-sufficiency and sustainability and frugality you might enjoy hearing about how it was done from somebody who did it. 

Happy Gardening Reading!!!!



  1. engineeredgarden said,

    February 1, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Cheryl – i’ll have to check that out. You know, i’m all about self sustainability. Thanks for the review.


  2. gardengoodies said,

    February 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I cheat a little with books these days. I’ll get the books on CD and listen to them in the car. This one started out kind of slow, but it picked up. I wish I had the hard copy so I could have copied some of the recipes down and wrote down more of the old-time advice. I couldn’t even renew it because it was on hold for somebody else.

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