Gardening/Crops in Colonial America
Can any of you history experts discuss the gardening practices of Colonial folk?
We have a thread on veg forum about whether colonists were struggling with the same pests and diseases as we do today. I want to know whether practices like land clearing, early monoculture denuding soils or introduction of other crops from the homeland led to a greater incidence of disease or "bug food" than before.
Can you weigh in on what was being planted, colonial veg plants and what practices may have been learned from the Natives?
Whatever you can contribute would also be appreciated on the "Colonists survival " thread in veg forum as well!!
I'm trying to get a scholarly discussion going in that thread by getting input from appropriate forums and their knowlege leaders.