1945: Unique planting guide is published

Published March 11, 2007

MARCH 6, 1945

CLEARWATER - Backyard farmers in Pinellas County are offered a unique planting guide for 1945 based on astrological data and its relation to latitude and climatic conditions. The first copies of the booklet were printed last night, are fully covered by copyright and available at 25 cents each.

Published by the Hall Wright company of Clearwater, the tome is one of the best things of its kind ever prepared for victory gardeners. Planting recommendations are listed for each month of this year, including phases of the moon and the lunar signs for the 12 month period.

The planting suggestions for March by day are:

"First and 2nd, plant Irish potatoes, beets, carrots, onions and radishes in the south; 3rd and 4th, favorable for root crops, good for starting flower gardens; 5th to 7th, nothing at this time; 8th and 9th, bed sweet potatoes and plant root crops; 10th and 11th, a barren period, poor for all planting; 12th and 13th, plant beans, peas, early corn and other crops yielding above the ground, where climate permits; 14th and 15th, neither plant nor sow; 16th and 17th, sow oats, rye and barley, plant above ground crops; 18th and 19th, excellent for plowing, turning sod and cultivating crops; 20th to 22nd, best for transplanting trees and shrubs and for moving plants from seed beds to field; 23rd to 27th, best time for killing weeds, poison ivy and other plant pests; 28th and 29th, bed sweet potatoes and plant root crops where danger of frost is past; 30th and 31st, plant radishes, beets, salsify, Irish potatoes and carrots."

MARCH 9, 1945

Realtor plans farm developments

CLEARWATER - Tentative plans are under consideration by a prominent upper Pinellas Realtor for the development of a large acreage tract between Clearwater and Indian Rocks into small farms. They will be sold complete with commodious rural homes, barns and outbuildings. The developer expects to make a formal announcement sometime next week and believes the properties will find a ready market among ex-servicemen in search of truck and poultry layouts capable of operation by a man and wife.

MARCH 9, 1945

Market to offer live rabbits for the table

CLEARWATER - Live rabbits will be offered at Clearwater's farmers market today, it was announced last night by Mrs. Joy Belle Hess, market manager. Since rabbit growers first introduced their products at the market several months ago, the fat bunnies have been snapped up by housewives in quest of non-rationed meats. Live poultry also was a feature at this morning's sale.

MARCH 25, 1936

Largo to elect beauty entrant for state race

LARGO - Largo beauties are sometimes outshone, so far as national popularity is concerned, by their neighboring sisters of the Sunshine City. But they will not be left in the background at the "Miss Florida" state beauty contest to be held in Orlando on April 16 this year.

The Largo Parent-Teachers Association is sponsoring a lively beauty contest next Friday evening, March 27, in the elementary school auditorium. At that time, "Miss Largo" will be selected from a large group of young women who seek this honor.

Participants will wear evening gowns and the winner will be chosen for her most queenly beauty.

Pinellas History is compiled by Times staff writer Theresa Blackwell. She can be reached at 727 445-4170 or tblackwell@sptimes.com

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