This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the Contributor, a monthly magazine published at Salt Lake City, there is an extremely interesting account of the first settlement of Salt Lake City under Brigham Young, by Wil-ford Woodruff, one of the few of the original party now living. The date is fixed as July 24th, 1847, it being the day that Brigham Young with the main body came in. A small party had gone in advance, and in Mr. Woodruff's own words: " When we arrived on the ground, the brethren had commenced ploughing. I had brought a bushel of potatoes with me, and I resolved that I would neither eat nor drink until I had planted them. I got them into the ground by one o'clock, and these, with the potatoes the other brethren had planted, became the foundation for the future potato crops of Utah." Further on Mr. Woodruff says: " When we arrived in this valley we found it a barren desert, and a very desert it was. There was no mark of the white man. We found a few naked Indians, who would eat a pint of roasted crickets for their dinner.
But a great change has come over this desert".
And, indeed, the difference in thirty years is one of the most surprising in the history of the human race. There are different opinions as to the advantage to the human race of the religious system which this little band planted in this desert; but there can be but one opinion as to the right of the survivors to take pride in the magical change their eyes have seen.