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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

March 25, 2015

From the Garden: A Spring Hotbed

We gathered the dung for the second hotbed over the last week, throwing it up in a pile to heat and after a single turning it proved so abundantly steamy we were able to load the hotbed just four days later.

Loading the hotbed

Once the temperature in the hotbed settled at approximately 110n degrees … Continue Reading »

March 17, 2015

From the Garden: Of Maples and Dogwoods

After a remarkably cool season a walk about town yet reveals the burgeoning buds of spring.

Red maple flowers

Of the two species of maple in Williamsburg the red maples are the first to bloom. John Bricklell, M.D. described the two types in The Natural History of North-Carolina published in Dublin in the year 1737 … Continue Reading »

March 10, 2015

From the Garden: Broccoli and Cardoon Uncovered

We have experienced an unusual amount of snow this month and it has only been within the last several days that the snow has subsided to a degree that we might determine what has survived and what has perished or is so severely injured that the only recourse is removal.

Prior to the last snow the … Continue Reading »

March 3, 2015

From the Garden: Dried Arrangements

I am not among those who complain about the weather and find it to be a pointless and debilitating dissertation. After many years of working out of doors I have acclimatized my expectations to accommodate the seasons and find pleasure in their cyclical peculiarities.

For example, this morning I walked out to look at the shrub … Continue Reading »

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 »