What's New on History.org: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website

The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

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 »

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 »