This past week was one of those weeks. Nothing went as planned. Busy, but accomplished hardly anything. The to-do list got longer instead of shorter.
Have you ever had one of those weeks?
Did not set foot in the garden the whole week even though there are tons of cleaning up and other chores to do. Of course there was no harvest. But instead of skipping Harvest Monday, I decided to write about Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden, especially since I have mentioned the garden in so many of my posts. Unfortunately I do not have any photos of the hardscapes and not many photos of the various crops grown in the gardens especially the Montgomery garden.
All the veggies and herbs in the above display are from the LGHVG
LGHVG consists of 4 different gardens representing the 4 families that lived at Locust Grove for over 200 years.
The Livingston Garden (1771-1828)
*Raised bed used
*Perennial crops, such as culinary and medicinal herbs, interplanted with annual vegetable crops *Long storing vegetables emphasized
*Rustic trellises constructed by lashing branches together
*Crops allowed to go to seed to be collected and planted the following year
Sunchoke (photo top right), peanuts (photo right), cheese pumpkin (photo above), sweet potatoes, parsnips (photo below), lettuce, comfrey, chamomile, thyme, oregano, strawberry, currant, gooseberry are some of the crops grown in the Livingston Garden.
The Montgomery Garden (1830-1847)
Asparagus (photo right), rhubarb, potatoes, cabbages are some of the crops grown in the Montgomery garden
The Morse Garden (1847-1872)
*Small garden plows eliminate raised beds and interplanting of perennial crops with annuals
*Commercially available medicines reduce the use of medicinal herbs
*Innovative trellising techniques explored
This garden showcases Samuel Morse, inventor of the telegraph, spirit of ingenuity and experimentation and awareness of other cultures and cuisines through his travels.
Celeriac (photo top left), moon and star watermelon (photo top right), artichoke (photo bottom right) these plus different variety of peppers and eggplants (photo below), tomatoes, leeks, fennel, kale, beets, grapes are some of the crops grown in the Morse Garden.
The Young Garden (1895-1946)
The Young Garden is recreated from the Young’s actual seed orders placed from 1897-1917.
Radishes (photo top), carrots (photo top right), okra (bottom right), tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, peas, beans, spinach, cauliflower, squash, lettuce are some of the crops grown in the Young garden.
The LGHVG is open to the public. If this is your first visit, head to the kiosk, pick up the garden brochure and the Garden Map. Using the map as a guide, begin with the Livingston garden and end with the Young garden. After the tour, keep the brochure but return the Garden Map to the kiosk for the next visitor’s self-guided tour.
Now, if you want to see action, visit on a Thursday morning, between 9-12 a.m. Garden volunteers are hard at work, planting, weeding, harvesting, mulching, socializing (yes, we do that too). We will stop and visit with you (may put you to work). Both horticulturists are on hand and they are always happy to answer any gardening questions you have.
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