garden history

How the First Earth Day came about – Celebrate Earth Day

Earth day will be celebrated April 22nd. Below is an article by Senator Gaylord Nelson on its history. Celebrate this important day. How the First Earth Day Came About by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked. The idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that...

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Mound Gardening, The Aztecs developed form of gardening.

The Aztec people are credited with developing mound gardens, which are also called floating gardens in many areas. This form of gardening was created at least 2000 years ago.  Mound gardens are gardens somewhat like a raised bed garden that were planted in marshy wetlands and shallow lakes. The Aztecs had much land that was too wet for growing but they needed the space for crops so developed this type of planting to reclaim the land. The Aztec...

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Community Garden Contest, Historical Fertilizer Tips

This is an article sent in for the Community garden contest that is from the 1800’s. It has been left in its original wording. I know most of the garden history tips came from “the Practical Gardener” Thomas Eden from Kentucky sent in these garden history pieces. There are five packets of seeds headed you way. Thank you for participating! Happy gardening, DeniseGeorgian and Victorian gardeners used all manner of manures to improve the...

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Community Garden Contest, Second Place Winner

This is an interesting write up on hot beds used in the 1800. It tells you how to set one up and the writing has not been modernized. Where it was originally printed I do not know but it was selected from It was sent in as part of the Community Garden contest and is the second place winner. Carolyn Stanton of Omaha, Nebraska sent in the article and said she has always had an interest in hot beds and used them in...

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Espalier Plants – History and their care.

Espalier plants are a different way of growing ornamental or fruiting trees and shrubs. It’s a challenge if you haven’t done it before and will improve your pruning skills. Espalier (pronounced “es-PAL-ye”) is any plant trained to grow in a flat plane against a wall, fence, or trellis. This practice was used in the old world to conserve space in small orchards and gardens. Espaliered fruit trees were also placed against a south...

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Old-Fashioned Gardening Tips

I have a fascination with old garden lore and gardening tips. Most tips work or have a basis to them somewhere. Below are two I just found. They have the original date, and where they were published under the tip. A New England farmer says: “In my own gardening I have found a most satisfactory substitute for bean poles, which latter are not only expensive, but a source of trouble and care. I plant a sunflower seed by each hill of beans,...

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