Help for Civil War era kitchen garden

Jen1865April 25, 2014

I've been tasked with putting in a period accurate kitchen vegetable garden at a historic home. My question is would the "three sisters" approach to planting be accurate? Any and all help is appreciated.

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PNW-Pat

Jen,
While i was looking for something else today, i saw this website from Cornell U: Resources for research http://exhibits.mannlib.cornell.edu/kitchengardens/further.htm
They have an exhibit going on, "Harvest of Freedom: The History of Kitchen Gardens,"in their libraries, and they've placed a lot of information online. For what you want, one of the resources at the above link might be useful. I'll be interested to learn about your final results.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 5:52PM
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Jen1865

Pat,
I went to this resource and it was very good, however, it covered WWI and the gardens during the Great Depression. I've saved it to my computer for future use.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 8:34AM
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river_city(7b)

This might be a good place to start. Take a look at the vegetable garden terrace, located in the plantation.

Here is a link that might be useful: Monticello gardens

This post was edited by river_city on Mon, Apr 28, 14 at 22:23

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 10:21PM
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Jen1865

River City, what an awesome site. I took the virtual garden tour and I think on my first free weekend I'm going to be making a road trip to see this garden in person. I notice the "teepees" and assume those are for pole beans. That is how my father grew them. What I'm specifically looking for is whether it is accurate to plant the corn, beans and squash together. That would free up quite a bit of space for my garden.
Thanks again for the resource.
Jen

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 8:12AM
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river_city(7b)

Apparently, last week was "Historic Garden Week in VA".

Here is a link that might be useful: HistoricGardenWeekinVA

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 10:20PM
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