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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

Plant the second crop of savoys and prick out the third crop of savoys

Transplant the early sown broccoli and prick out the second crop of broccoli

Sow the last crop of broccoli

Sow and plant out endive

Plant out autumn cauliflowers

Pull up onions and plant them

Take up garlic, shallots and rocambole

Sow and transplant lettuces

Stick the cucumbers sown in June

Earth up the first crop, plant out the second crop of celery, and prick out the fourth crop.

Sow sugarloaf cabbages for coleworts

Sow carrots for the autumn

Weed the early carrots

Gather herbs and flowers for drying

Sow large turnips for cattle

Hoe the turnips

Plant kidney beans for the last crop

Sow turnip rooted and common radishes

Sow round leaved spinach for autumn use

Cut down asparagus

Pull off suckers from artichokes

Sow onions for winter use

Examine melons under frames, oil paper, and on tan

Examine cucumbers under bell glasses, and nail these against walls

Prick out and plant cabbages, savoys and red cabbage

Protect seed from birds and gather it as it ripens.

The Orchard and Fruit Garden

Cover currant trees with mats, to keep the fruit back

Examine the walls, and remove shrubs too near fruit

Nail branches of vines frequently

Examine wall trees of all sorts, as well fig trees and espaliers

Fork up the borders where fruit trees grow

Finish budding

Examine grafter or budded trees

Take off strawberry runners and plant them

Finish thinning peaches and nectarines

Thin apples and pears if very plentiful

Apply hog's dung to blighted trees

Carry on to August's work ...

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