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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

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 …

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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 …

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January 13, 2015

From the Garden: Mid-Winter Vegetables

With the colder weather of mid-winter our selection of greens are greatly reduced except for those grown in frames or stored in trenches in the ground.

Trenching the cabbage

Cabbages are particularly eligible for the latter treatment and it is a common practice among market gardeners in London as explained by Mr. Miller in The …

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January 7, 2015

From the Garden: Winter Lettuces

We have spoken over the past several weeks of kales, coleworts and endives, but I fear we would be remiss if we did not also consider that most tender member of the sallet tribe, the lettuce.

Brown Dutch lettuce

It is, without a doubt, the most indispensable of all the greens for as Mr. Stephen …

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December 30, 2014

From the Garden: Of Endive and Escarole

Tying up the endive

The crisp days of early winter are a celebration of greens and there is no finer member of this verdant fraternity of leafy vegetables than the various forms of endive. However, it is only in modern times that the proper management of this herb has rendered it fit for gentleman’s tables. …

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December 19, 2014

From the Garden: Of Kales and Coleworts

Now that we are experiencing nearly nightly frosts the kale, or coleworts as the ancients term it, are at their finest.

Tuscan kale

There are a number of varieties of this most useful green, but one in particular has garnered much attention and admiration by the modern gardener. Unfortunately it has also accumulated a surplus …

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