A Statement of Purpose

Since 2012 I have been responsible for
the garden at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield. The Pry House garden began as a 19th century style medicinal and kitchen garden, including medicinal plants, herbs, and vegetables. As close as possible, these plants mirrored those available to the Pry Family in the 1860s, meaning heirloom varieties. Since then, the garden has transformed to focus exclusively on medicinal plants, becoming an exhibit of the flora that was employed by military and civilian caregivers in the Civil War Era.

I am strictly an amateur, with no real experience in growing a garden. The purpose of this blog is to document my experiences as I learn by doing. It is anything but authoritative and I welcome any comments and advice for a greenhorn. Please be kind!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Seeds

It has been a while since my last blog post. I have been very busy in the garden lately!

Spring is officially here, though it feels like it has been here for weeks already. This week the perennial plants in the garden are all leafing out and looking healthy with fresh green growth. Some plants already even have flowers!
Strawberries in bloom

This week I planted the first seeds in the freshly tilled garden beds. It is still too early from most of the plants that will grow in the garden (I hope), but these are some of the more cold-resistant vegetables, and can start earlier. With the unseasonably warm weather, I probably should have planted some of these a little earlier. In the ground this week: garlic, two varieties of radish, seven varieties of lettuce, claytonia (miner's lettuce), dill, and peas.
I lashed together some sticks from the woods to make a trellis for the peas to climb on. I think I may try this with some of my other plants that are hopefully yet to come, including cucumbers and calabash gourds. My old skills from the Boy Scouts came in handy.

I will talk in greater detail about some of the plant varieties that I selected for the garden in future posts. It seems unlucky to talk about them before they germinate. Some are familiar varieties, but others are a little unusual.

If this warm weather keeps up, I may risk planting some of my other seeds and seedlings a little bit earlier. I will have to keep an eye on the weather over the next week or so. I would hate for a surprise frost to spoil things, but I want to take advantage of as much good growing weather as possible.

I have been planting some more seeds to start indoors, and my existing seedlings are all doing fairly well. I will save this as a topic for a future post.

I have also started a compost pile, which will be the subject of another future post.

1 comment:

  1. You could plant Kentucky Wonder pole beans next to your peas using the same poles.