"We didn't have no money for nothing, money to do things. But we're still here to talk about it. I mean, we didn't die from starvation or anything. But I had the biggest darn garden you ever did lay your eyes on during those times, cause we could water through our water tank there. We had a, what we call a milk house, and there was a small cement tank in there that we would run the water through there. We'd put our milk and stuff in there, you know. Out onto the garden. And I tell you, I had a garden like you wouldn't believe. We had everything. I remember, we even had a strawberry patch. And I remember one time we had, oh, we had potatoes, always raised potatoes."

Mildred Opitz on Keeping a Garden

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Other Excerpts from Mildred Opitz's Interview:

Poisoning Grasshoppers
Spilled Cream
1930s Balance Sheet
Another Depression?
The Worst Dust Storm
Giving Birth at Home
Kids Growing Up Today
Flour Sacks for Clothes
Erecting Poles for the REA
Getting Lights and a Fridge
Indoor Plumbing
Simple Pleasures
Dating & Necking
Watermelon Time
Prohitition & Alcohol
The Dirty Thirties