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Early American Gardeners of the Thirteen Colonies

By goldfinch4
November 14, 2011

Early gardening and farming was nearly a full time daily job for the initial settlers of the thirteen colonies. The climate and soil were new to them and it took quite some time to discover what fruits, vegetables and crops would grow successfully here.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 14, 2011 8:44 AM CST

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This article is loaded with useful anecdotes, many of which require further investigation!

I'm particularly interested in the onions around cucumbers to control squash bugs. We are plagued with them here and have not yet found the right solution, except to delay the plantings until after August.
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Horseshoe
Nov 14, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Yep, the "onions/cucumbers" one is new to me also. Worth a try though! I've gotten to where I grow squash and harvest it as long as I can before I lose to the squash bugs. I'll give it a try next year.

I think I would've liked growing in the "old days". Then again, the way I grew up growing is now considered the 'old days'. :>_)

A nice read, Chris!

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vic
Nov 14, 2011 11:19 AM CST
What a GREAT article Chris and I learned so much!

Thank you! Thumbs up
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Nov 14, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Thanks for a terrific article, Chris! I also learned a lot! Big Grin
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Nov 14, 2011 11:48 AM CST
I agree Chris!
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wildflowers
Nov 14, 2011 12:02 PM CST
I really enjoyed your article too, Chris. Love stories about history, especially how they gardened back then. Lots of interesting info. I'm also in line to try onions as a deterent for the squash bug!
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goldfinch4
Nov 14, 2011 4:27 PM CST
I learned quite a bit myself and am excited to try a few things. We'll have to be sure to "report" next year to see how our efforts turned out! We're lucky here - squash bugs is one pest that isn't too bad.
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valleylynn
Nov 15, 2011 8:37 AM CST
We don't have problems here with the squash bug. What fascinated me was that they started seeds indoors using chunks of sod. How cleaver.
Such an interesting article Chris. I wonder what they did for wire worms. We can't seem to grow root crops like radishes and turnips because of them. : (
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Horseshoe
Nov 15, 2011 9:00 AM CST
"I wonder what they did for wire worms. We can't seem to grow root crops like radishes and turnips because of them. : ("

Potatoes. Well, I don't know if the pioneers used them but I have! Wireworms love potatoes. You can trap them by burying large chunks of potatoes on a stick, with stick protruding upwards out of the ground. Check them periodically by pulling up the spuds by the stick/handle and if infested with wire worms then get rid of it. (Folks asked me one year what kind of sticks I was growing. Smiling
Fortunately I haven't had an overly large infestation; haven't had to take measures in quite a few years so perhaps something else also came into play.

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valleylynn
Nov 15, 2011 9:26 AM CST
They have never bothered our potatoes. Just the radishes and turnips. But next time I plant those two crops I will try the pieces of potato on a stick trick. Thumbs up
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goldfinch4
Nov 15, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Interesting Shoe. I can just picture people asking what kind of sticks you were growing! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Horseshoe
Nov 15, 2011 5:07 PM CST
*grin. well, these folks were the same ones that questioned me the year I grew a row of 'smores, so guess they thought I was up to no good (again). Smiling

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goldfinch4
Nov 16, 2011 1:34 AM CST
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valleylynn
Nov 16, 2011 8:59 AM CST
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