Not too long ago we went to visit Colonial Williamsburg….amazingly the colonists invented square foot gardening before we had even heard of it and they knew all about “gardening for survival” and using everything they grew not just some of it. We visited Williamsburg the first weekend of February and notice there are touches of yellow daffodils and green in the photographs.
I love the “Terrariums or Little Greenhouses” pictured above….also makes for an interesting photograph. In Colonial Williamsburg gardens tended to have more of an organized and English theme…..colonists must have modeled their gardens after old England and they seemed to have more success than their predecessors at the Jamestown colony.
I love how they have these coldframes now in Colonial Williamsburg they are trenches that basically you lay windows over for a greenhouse type affect.
Of course as I always do I had my camera with me and although it was cold, gray and damp the day we went I think my husband and I got a couple of good shots in spite of it all. I love these wooden type trellises I am so hoping “The Viking” in my life will put some of these up for us this year.
There was a reason why the colonial garden was built right next to the back door. This was very efficient and often herbs would be bundled up and dried and or put in the stew for that evenings supper. The gardens actually just “feel efficient” when you walk through them. These gardeners meant business and you can tell the gardens produced lots of good healthy produce and nothing was left to waste. They used herbs not only in cooking but in salves and remedies and as I have a particular interest in herbs and homemade remedies so this was also of particular interest to me.
I believe it is really important to look back before we make plans towards the future. These gardens definitely gave us some definite ideas of where we want to go with our gardens this year. I hope they have inspired you as well! Click here to see some maps of what colonial gardens looked like:
Did you know most Colonial Women were not used to gardening so they had to start out small…..they were learning new skill sets…they basically started out doing their best to support their families and then were slowly able to expand as their gardening skills grew. This is very similar to me when I first started gardening I mostly only grew tomatoes or at least that was one of the only seeds I had luck with.
I am not a historian just an interested blogger so if you are well read on this time period of Colonial Williamsburg I would love to learn more about what the Colonists grew and what they ate or even their daily routine I sure would love to hear from you.
If you like myself are not a historian but would like to share your thoughts and comments I would love to hear from you as well. Thanks for coming with me on my journey to the past. Have a great Friday everyone!
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