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Garden Alamanac c. 1800


Work to be done in the Kitchen, Orchard and Fruit Gardens
These monthly directions come from Duncan MacDonald's
"The New London Family Cook", J Robins, London, first edition c. 1800


The Kitchen Garden

Wheel in dung, in frost weather, to where you need it.

Dig all vacant ground, and throw into ridges

Sow the second crop of early peas and beans

Sow the second crop of carrots, spinach, radishes, lettuces and parsley

Examine the early peas and bean, stake the peas.

Plant out Endive for seed, and for blanching

Examine Cauliflower plants and lettuce, and earth them up.

Plant out carrots, parsnips, leeks and cabbages, for seeds.

Prepare hotbeds for cucumbers, cauliflowers, and salading.

Plant asparagus on hotbeds, for second or third crop.

Keep mushroom beds well covered.


The Orchard and Fruit Gardens

Prepare ground for planting fruit trees, and cover the roots of those which were planted in the beginning of winter.

Prune standard trees.

In mild weather prune vines, gooseberries, currents and raspberries, but omit stone fruit.

Lay hog dung to the roots of blighted or sickly fruit trees.

Make fresh beds of strawberries

repair the espaliers and fasten the branches

In mild weather cut the grafts

Make hotbeds for the forcing of the strawberries.

Continue on to February's work ...

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Please also visit Old London Maps on the web as many of the maps
and views available there have plans and depictions of gardens from
the medieval period through to the late nineteenth century.

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