Planting a garden once was more than a hobby, it was a way of life. No matter what else you did for a living, you planted a garden, tended it and ate the fruits of your labors. Someone in your family canned the excess,( usually the wife) and that was part of what you ate for the rest of the fall and winter. Just before the rest of the garden was tilled under for the winter, sometimes the kids would be out to scavenge and salvage any seeds that could be found.
Some seeds were also found out in the woods, and others were obtained during seed swaps. Gardeners would sit and dream about all of the exotic fruits and vegetables they could grow as soon as the nursery catalogs started showing up, but every year the same plants would be grown and the whole process would begin again.