Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: by Wesley Greene

By Wesley Greene

From the nation’s most suitable historic maintenance web site comes a consultant to traditional—and
still relevant—methods and suggestion for planting and tending a effective vegetable garden
In a colonial-style backyard, the broccoli is crimson and “turkey” cucumbers develop to 3 ft lengthy; oiled
paper predates plastic for sheltering spring vegetation; and fermenting manure warms the seedlings. Finding
inspiration and price in 18th-century crops, instruments, and strategies, the gardeners at Colonial Williamsburg have found that those conventional vegetable-growing equipment are completely at domestic in today’s glossy natural gardens. finally, within the 18th century, natural gardening used to be the only form of gardening and native produce the single produce available.
Author Wesley Greene based the Colonial backyard in Colonial Williamsburg’s historical region in 1996. He and his colleagues have painstakingly researched the methods the colonists planted and tended their vegetable and herb beds, so much of that are extra proper than ever. besides ancient remark and entire growing to be directions for fifty scrumptious greens, together with colonial kinds nonetheless on hand at the present time, gardeners and folklorists will locate weather-watching guidance, planting suggestions, and seedsaving suggestion for legumes, brassicas, alliums, root plants, nightshades, melons, squash, vegetables, and different curious and smooth produce.

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Not only does this provide a much more substantial support for these larger peas, which will often grow 7 feet tall or more, but it can also be used to keep rabbits from the peas, a common problem in Williamsburg. Poke two rows of 6- to 8-foot sticks into the ground, one stick paired to another, on either side of the row of peas. Tie the paired sticks together over the center of the row and attach long horizontal sticks across the top and at various heights along the sides of the trellis to bind it all together.

SEED VIABILITY 4 years for all types of kidney; 5 years for runner beans; 3 years for lima Seed Varieties Varieties listed in 18th-century Virginia Yellow, scarlet, white, and black: There were many colored beans used in a dry state. ‘French’, ‘Speckled French’, and ‘White Dwarf Kidney’: “French beans” were generally understood to mean dwarf, or bush, beans in the 18th century. ‘Canterbury Dwarf Kidney’: A very common, white-seeded bean with a dwarf to half-runner habit. Identified as a flageolet bean in the 19th century ‘White Dutch’: A pole bean, ‘White Dutch’ was the most common green or snap bean variety in the 18th century.

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