August 22, 2010

Colonial Kitchen Garden: Directions for the Year from 1799

The Kitchen Garden in Colonial times was tended to by the ladies of the house. In the garden were grown vegetables, greens, and herbs. Most of what was grown in the kitchen garden was used to feed the family and was not sold for a profit. Many herbs were grown by the family for use as flavorings and medicines.

The ladies of the house would also be responsible for the cooking or preserving of everything in the kitchen garden. The common methods of preserving were drying, smoking, salting, pickling, or jellying. Canning had not been invented yet. Following is an excerpt from The Laboratory, written in 1799, at the end of the Colonial era. It is very interesting to see that there was always something to be doing on a colonial farm, even in December. I am very interested that they would still be growing things in the winter.       

8 comments:

  1. Wow! how long did this take you to set up? Very interesting.

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  2. So long that I didn't have time to write the post yet! :D

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  3. Your blog really makes an interesting reading!!!
    Will follow!!!
    XxX

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  4. Awesome, Steph! Total congrats for getting all that info!

    ~Bronwyn

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  5. Hey Bronwyn, I think a lot of people in the "Garden Club" have been looking for things like that. Did you change your blog layout? It looks very professional and fitting.

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    Kitchen garden

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