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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: Carole
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SongofJoy
Nov 14, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Having been a history major, I loved this article. Very interesting read, Chris. Thumbs up
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Robynznest
Nov 14, 2011 12:34 PM CST
Loved this article. Took me back quite a few years. I remember helping my grandma come harvest time, putting pumpkins and such up in the attic, potatoes down in the cellar, wrapping apples in brown paper and set out in the pump house shed. Loved it back then and still do quite a bit of the 'old timey' preservation.

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goldfinch4
Nov 14, 2011 4:22 PM CST
Thanks ladies! It was interesting for me too doing research and finding out so many amazing things about food and food preservation back then.
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Robynznest
Nov 14, 2011 8:12 PM CST
It almost makes you wonder how much food was wasted, or used, in all the experiments. Or how often they got sick from it all. So thankful for all they sacrificed.
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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Nov 15, 2011 2:02 AM CST
It certainly wasn't an easy life.
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Carolyn22
Nov 15, 2011 10:11 AM CST
Great article Chris. I love history and this article really makes one think..... we have it far easier today than we can imagine.
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Ridesredmule
Nov 15, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Very good Article Chris. Did wonderful!! Hurray! Hurray!
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Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 15, 2011 3:44 PM CST
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. We sure do take a lot for granted, don't we.
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Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Nov 15, 2011 5:44 PM CST
Yep. Wasn't those things on the top neft side Parnips, My hubby loves parsnips and Rutabega...
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Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 16, 2011 1:33 AM CST
Those are carrots, but they do look similar.
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