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AGRICULTURAL BELIEF

IN A PART OF RUSSIA, WHEN THERE WAS A HEAVY SNOWFALL THE WINTER
BEFORE, THE CROPS THE NEXT YEAR WOULD BE VERY GOOD CROPS. PEOPLE
BELIEVED THIS FOR A LONG TIME. IT TURNS OUT THE LARGE AMOUNT OF
FROZEN WATER WOULD MELT AND FLOW DOWN ONTO THE CROPS. THERE WAS
SOMETHING IN THAT WATER WHICH HELPED THE PLANTS TO GROW.

Submitter comment: THERE ARE MANY STRANGE BELIEFS ABOUT PLANTING AND CROPS. THIS IS
ONE WHICH TURNS OUT TO HAVE A LOGICAL REASON AFTER ALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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GOOD FRIDAY IS REGARDED AS A GOOD DAY FOR PLANTING POTATOES AND PEAS.

Data entry tech comment: THIS SEEMS TO BE BECAUSE CHRIST CONSECRATED THE SOIL WITH HIS BURIAL.

Where learned: OHIO ; TOLEDO

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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POTATOE PLANTING

"WHILE VISITING MY WIFE'S RELATIVES IN REDDICK, ILLINOIS, I FOUND OUT
THAT IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR FARMERS IN THAT AREA TO PLANT GARDENS NEAR
THE HOUSE FOR THEIR OWN FOOD SUPPLY. IT IS CUSTOMARY TO ALWAYS PLANT
POTATOES ON GOOD FRIDAY. THIS, THEY SAY, INSURES A GOOD CROP."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 04-04-1970

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PLANTING

PLANT SWEET PEAS ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 01-00-1970

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SWEET-PEA SUPERSTITION

ALL SWEET-PEA PLANTS MUST BE PLANTED ON GOOD FRIDAY IN ORDER FOR THEM
TO GROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT NEGLECTED TO DO SO ONE YEAR AND PLANTED THEM ONE WEEK LATE,
AND THEY DID NOT GROW THAT YEAR.

Where learned: SAINT MARYS AND GRAND ; GRADE SCHOOL ; REDFORD ; SAINT MARYS

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

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SOUR PEAS

IF YOU PLANT SWEET PEAS ON A GOOD FRIDAY, THEY WON'T GROW.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT DOES NOT REMEMBER WHERE SHE LEARNED OF THIS BELIEF.

Data entry tech comment: ODD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-29-1964

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ON HOLY SATURDAY FOOD IS BROUGHT TO BE BLESSED AT THE CHURCHES
IN GERMANY. THE FARMERS HAVE A CUSTOM OF USING SOME OF THE BLESSED
PALM WHICH THEY GOT FROM THE CHURCH ON PALM SUNDAY ( , ) ALONG WITH
SOME SHELLS OF THE BLESSED EGGS FROM THE BLESSING OF THE FOOD, AND
PLACE IT IN THE FOUR CORNERS OF THEIR CROP FIELDS AND PRAY THE ROSARY
AND SPRINKLE HOLY WATER AS THEY PRAY FOR A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): METONYMY: FOUR CORNERS ; SWIECZONKA ; WATER

Subject headings: 663 Palm Sunday
663 Holy Saturday
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter eggs
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 11-00-1970

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I DONT CARE IF THERES SNOW UP TO YOUR KNEES ON ST. PATRICKS DAY-
THATS WHEN YOU PLANT POTATOES IF THEYRE GONNA GROW RIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; AGENCY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: CA00001967

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PLANTING BELIEF

PLANT ROOT CROPS IN THE DARK OF THE MOON, AND LEAF CROPS IN THE
LIGHT OF THE MOON. INFORMANT HEARD THIS BELIEF FROM A FARMER IN
SOUTHWESTERN PENNA. WHO HE HAS KNOWN FOR THIRTY YEARS.
HIS FRIEND BELIEVES HE FIRST HEARD IT CIRCA 1945.
THE FARMER TOLD THE INFORMANT THAT THIS BELIEF WAS BELIEVED
BY BOTH HIS FATHER AND GRANDFATHER, WHO WERE BOTH FARMERS IN
SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.

Where learned: HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; PITTSBURGH

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 00-00-1945

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PLANTING CORN

ALWAYS PLANT CORN ON MARCH 17 TH, BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN THE MOON
IS RIGHT DOWN SOUTH.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRIEND'S MOTHER, AND HER FATHER USED TO DO
THIS ON THEIR FARM IN ALABAMA.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; FERNDALE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- March 17 Feast of St. Patrick
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 00001971 SPRING

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GROUND

A FARMER TESTS HIS GROUND FOR PLANTING POTATOES BY PULLING DOWN
HIS PANTS AND SITTING ON HIS FRESHLY PLOWED GROUND. IF THE GROUND
IS COLD, PLANTING IS NOT POSSIBLE. IF THE GROUND IS WARM, GOOD
RESULTS WILL FOLLOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F476
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-00-1971

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PLANTING RULE

IT IS A CUSTOM IN THE VILLAGE OF WENGEN, SWITZERLAND THAT YOU NEVER
PLANT BEANS WHILE THE MOON IS GROWING (THE PHASE FROM A NEW
MOON TO A FULL MOON). IF THIS RULE IS VIOLATED, THE BEANS
"JUST DON'T GROW."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD ; COLLECTORS HOME

Keyword(s): PLANTING CUSTOM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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PLANTING RULE

IT IS A CUSTOM IN THE VILLAGE OF WENGEN, SWITZERLAND, THAT YOU DO
NOT LEAVE POTATOES IN THE GROUND FOR MORE OR LESS THAN 100 DAYS.
IF THEY ARE KEPT IN LONGER, THEY WILL BE ILL. IF THEY ARE
REMOVED BEFORE THAT TIME, THEY WILL BE GREEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 10-28-1970

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PLANTING CUSTOM

SQUASH CAN BE PLANTED TO HAVE DURING THE SUMMER AS LONG AS THE
BLACKBERRIES ARE STILL IN BLOSSOM.

Submitter comment: JOFRAN CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE LEARNED THIS BUT FOLLOWS IT AND SAYS
IT WORKS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: CA00001972

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PLANTING CUSTOM

NEVER PLANT TILL AFTER THE THREE ICE SAINTS' FEAST DAYS. THEN YOU
WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FROST RUINING YOUR CROPS.

Submitter comment: JOFRAN, WHO GREW UP ON A FARM, PROBABLY LEARNED THIS OLD GERMAN
CUSTOM FROM HER FATHER. SHE IS FAIRLY SURE THAT TWO OF THE ICE
SAINTS ARE SAINT ANICETUS (APRIL 17) AND SAINT FIDELIS (APRIL 24).
SAINT CANISIUS (APRIL 27) MIGHT BE THE OTHER ONE BUT SHE'S NOT SURE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 17
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- April 24
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: CA00001972

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PLANTING CUSTOM

NEVER PLANT WINTER WHEAT UNTIL AFTER THE 'NO FLY' DATE. THIS IS A
DAY IN THE FALL, USUALLY LATE OCTOBER OR THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER
WHEN THE FLIES WON'T EAT THE CROP.

Submitter comment: WHEN THE SCHNEIDERS WERE UNAWARE OF THIS CUSTOM THEIR CROP OF WINTER
WHEAT WAS KILLED THREE YEARS IN A ROW. THEN JOFRAN'S FATHER HEARD
OF THE CUSTOM FROM AN OLD MAN. THEY FOLLOW IT AND HAVE HAD LARGE
YIELDS EVER SINCE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: CA00001972

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BELIEF

WHEN YOU FINISH THE EGGS YOU CAN PUT THE SHELLS UNDER THE
ROSEBUSHES, (TO) MAKE THEM GROW BETTER.

Submitter comment: FR. LEO WAS REFERRING TO EASTER EGGS IN THIS BELIEF. THIS
INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED IN A POLISH CATHOLIC CHURCH ON HOLY
SATURDAY WHEN THE EASTER BASKETS WERE BEING BLESSED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 663 Holy Saturday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Plant

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CORN SHOULD BE KNEE HIGH BY THE FOURTH OF JULY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS FROM HIS FATHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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DUST YOUR WHEAT
MUD YOUR OATS
AND YOU WILL ALWAYS GET A GOOD CROP.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR.

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KNEE HIGH

IF A FARMER'S CROP OF CORN IS "KNEE HIGH BY THE 4TH OF JULY," HIS
CROP WILL BE A GOOD ONE.

Where learned: LOCATION NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 4 Independence Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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