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Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way: 18th-Century Methods for Today's Organic Gardeners Hardcover – February 14, 2012
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Wesley Greene is the garden historian at Colonial Williamsburg, the 301-acre historic area that includes famed gardens and hundreds of historically furnished buildings. More than 100 million visitors have toured Colonial Williamsburg since 1932.
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Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the photography of this book as well. The people pictured wear authentic Colonial garb and look quite charming (although a bit warm), in their clothing. Pictures such as the picture of the chard growing in a field with a worker in the background are well done.
The authors cover common garden vegetables found in Williamsburg Gardens and instructions on how to plant them. There is some discussion of Williamsburg history, and pest prevention techniques. Pictures illustrate some of the gardening techniques. Photos are plentiful. Histories and origins of plants are discussed, as well as different methods of preparing crops the Williamsburg way.
Who will like this?
Vegetable gardeners everywhere will enjoy this book. Even non-fans of gardening will enjoy the history of vegetables, the fantastic photographs and the wonderful pictures of Virginia. This would make an excellent gift for gardener or those interested in Colonial Virginia.
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The book is divided into 8 chapters, each of which deals with types of vegetables (including a few fruits): beans and peas, cabbage, salad greens, root crops, onions, cucumbers and melons, squash, pumpkins, and gourds, tomatoes and peppers. Then 3 more chapters discuss "luxuries and oddities" (such as artichokes), gardening under cover, and growing sticks. In each chapter there is a summary at the end that gives "essentials," such as planting directions, spacing, how to harvest seed, how to store it, and seed viability. Heirloom varieties are named whenever they exist.
There are many ideas in this book that gardeners today can put into practice. One that I liked a lot is a "tomato table," which is built from sticks and keeps the tomatoes off the ground and within easy reach for picking. It's ingenious, and certainly better than using poles or cages. There are also remedies for common pests, such as "lime water" to control aphids.
This is a book that will bring joy to gardeners, history buffs, and anyone interested in food. My next visit to Williamsburg will be even more fun, now that I know something about how the experts plant and tend the lovely gardens there.
Gardeners in the 18th Century were a sophisticated lot, using cold frames, hot beds, and row covers to protect their plants. Many of their techniques would be beneficial if used today.
The writing is a pleasure to read; the photos are lovely; I cannot praise this book enough. I just finished reading the book and I'll promptly re-read it! That's how much I enjoyed it.
Pat Meadows - a gardener in Maine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Info that is generally hard to find compiled in this manner. Good as a reference - would maybe be a bit better if it had a calendar for planting advice. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sylverroses
This is just what I was looking for - a reference to use as a guide to creating a garden closely resembling what would be growing during this era.Published 2 months ago by Raye
I love gardening and reading gardening books in the winter. This book had nice pictures and was a nice read with lots of good tips.Published 4 months ago by Sherri Orsucci
Great book. Have been wanting it for a while and finally have it. Great for organic gardening.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Vegetable Gardening the Colonial Williamsburg Way is a beautifully written and photographed book. The gardening information is excellent. Read morePublished 13 months ago by nonnacanoli