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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

Sow peas and plant beans for an autumn crop

Plant out melons doe bell glasses and oiled paper

Fresh line the melon beds

Stick the pickling cucumbers

Continue sowing the French beans

Nail up the vines of the cucumbers against walls

Examine melons on the tan bed, and pinch off the runners

Lay tiles under the melons to aid them in ripening

Hoe turnips and sow more seed

Sow lettuces on moist ground

Transplant endive

Sow endive for winter use

PLant celery in trenches for blanching

Sow cucumbers in the open ground

Prick out the first sown broccoli

Sow the third crop of broccoli

Plant out the first crop of borecole

Sow the last crop of borecole

Sow the last crop of savoys and late cabbages

Prick out the turnip cabbage, Anjon cabbage and cabbage turnip

Sow, and prick out, at the end of the month, Brussels spouts

Finish hoeing onions, carrots and parsnips to their proper distance

Thin beets and dig up the intervals

Transplant leeks into double rows

Prick out cauliflowers sown in May

Plant and dip aromatics and potherbs

Weed the beds of physical herbs and hoe the alleys

Gather herbs for drying and distilling

Gather seeds as they ripen

Weed asparagus beds

The Orchard and Fruit Garden

Examine the walls, and remove shreds too near the fruit

Thin apricots for the last time

Thin peaches and nectarines

Examine trees often, and pull off improper shoots

water and mulch new planted trees

Examine and nail up the shoots of vines

Look over the young stocks

Bud apricots, peaches and nectarines.

Pull of strawberry runners

Take off in pots the first runners of the Alpine strawberries

Cover cherry trees with nets

Cut off strawberry tops for crops in autumn.

Continue on to July'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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