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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

February 25, 2015

From the Garden: Managing the Hotbed

The hotbed frame has been covered since before the last snow fall and the ensuing bitter cold so it was with some trepidation that we uncovered it on Sunday morning.

Uncovering the hotbed

However, all of our apprehensions were immediately relieved as the young transplants were perfectly preserved and thriving. In spite of being kept … Continue Reading »

February 17, 2015

From the Garden: A Frigid February

Strawing the cold frame

The soil temperature in the hotbed held at 75 degrees all through last week and, as a result, all of the cabbages, lettuces, leeks, &c have germinated and are growing rapidly.

Wattle and straw around hotbed frame

We were hoping to lift the seedlings and space them for their final … Continue Reading »

February 10, 2015

From the Garden: Digging in the Dung

We have harvested the last of the turnips and kales to make room for the peas.

Screening dung

If the weather permits they should be planted by Saint Valentine’s Day. In preparation, we are dunging the ground as peas thrive best in a deep fertile soil and it is at this time of year that … Continue Reading »

February 3, 2015

From the Garden: Seeding the Hotbed

The hotbed, which was loaded with dung last week, is now ready to cap with soil.

Laying on the compost

As Mr. Miller instructs, one must not be too hasty laying the soil on.

“When the bed is made, the Frames should be placed over it, to keep out Wet; but there should be no Earth … Continue Reading »

January 27, 2015

From the Garden: Of Horse Dung and Hotbeds

Now is the time of year to begin the production of vegetable transplants that will be ready to put into the garden in late March and early April.

Dung of the proper heat

In preparation, we have gathered dung to supply the hotbed.

For those new to the management of hotbeds we turn to Mr. Abercrombie … Continue Reading »

January 21, 2015

From the Garden: In Praise of Turnips

White egg turnip

It is at this time of year that we turn to the root crops to supply the table with our chief sustenance and there is no root as useful to this purpose as the turnip.

Turnips have been grown for untold thousands of years having arisen from its wild progenitor somewhere between … Continue Reading »


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