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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

June 17, 2014

From the Garden: Of Celery, Shells and Horsemint

Shades over celery

The celery trench which we discussed earlier this spring for blanching the celery stalks perfectly white has been entirely filled in and the plants are now earthed up and nearly ready for harvest.

Now, as we enter the hotter months of the year, additional precautions are necessary.  Mr. Randolph explains in his …

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June 10, 2014

From the Garden: Oakleaf and Lacecap

The Oakleaf Hydrangea, a great rarity amongst us, is now in full bloom. It was recently discovered in the mountains of Georgia by that most energetic of explorers, John Bartram of Philadelphia.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

In his Journal of 1773 he recorded, “This very singular shrub I have observed growing in great abundance near the banks …

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June 4, 2014

In the Garden: Of Radish Pods and Purple Carrots

Radish pots

Every spring when we plant our radishes we reserve one row for pods.  For those who are not yet acquainted with the practice radishes, if left to grow and flower, will produce an abundance of seed pods that are flavored exactly like the radish root.  They can be used green in a …

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May 28, 2014

From the Garden: Raising American Seed

One of the many inconveniences this cruel war has inflicted upon the citizens of Virginia is the scarcity of kitchen garden seeds.

Leek seed

Before the year 1775, all the stores in town were well stocked with a wide assortment of seed of all the newest varieties, but as all these seeds came to us …

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May 20, 2014

From the Garden: Of Green Peas and Blue Stars

Harvesting Prince Albert peas

It is at this time of year that the green pea, one of the greatest delicacies of the spring garden, comes to the table.

Beginning with the Prince Albert peas sown in the frames the season continues through the harvest of the Marrowfats in late June should the weather remain mild. …

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May 13, 2014

From the garden: Frames and Dames

Paper frame

In like manner to the cucumbers, the melons have now been moved from the frame to the garden, but rather than sheltering them with straw bells we have employed a paper frame to shield the young transplants from the wind and sun.

This device was mentioned by Mr. Randolph in his Treatise in …

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