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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 out cauliflowers under bell glasses, frames and on a south border

Plant out early cabbages

Weed and thin spinach

Blanch endive

Earth up celery

Transplant lettuces under a frame, on a south border, and under bell glasses

Sow peas under a south wall

Sow a small salading

Earth up broccoli

Sow carrot and radish seeds

Cut down asparagus stalks and dress the beds

Weed onions and carrots

Keep mushroom beds dry

Trench all vacant ground, and leave it in ridges

Dress beds of aromatic and pot herbs

Force mint

Finish planting Anjou cabbages, cabbage turnips and turnip cabbages

Earth up cabbages of all sorts

Plant magazan beans.

The Orchard and Fruit Garden

Finish planting strawberries, and dress the beds

Pot Strawberries for forcing

Plant gooseberries, currants and raspberries

Prune wall trees, and crop the borders

prepare ground for planting fruit trees

Plant fruit trees of all sorts

Gather fruit

Prune espalier trees and standards.

Continue on to November 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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