• Kate Hanfling, Volunteer

National Gardening Day

Hello everyone! We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post on some recommended books to get you started in the garden. If not, you can find it here. Today, we wanted to share a few more resources and tips for creating your very own colonial kitchen garden. Currently, the National Colonial Fam’s Kitchen Garden only has some wildflowers, Chamomile, Tansy, cover crops, and Daffodils growing in it due to our plans to rebuild the garden fence. Normally, the garden would be filled with crops that colonists could use both medicinally and for cooking.

The size and type of garden colonists could cultivate depended largely on the amount of space they had available. In town, houses were squeezed close together in order to give equitable access to the riverfront, water source, or village center. The lots were so tiny (maybe 40-50 feet wide) and packed so closely together that there was just enough room for a horse to pass between them to get to the back. These lots had small front yards and long narrow backyards. Of course, farms out in more rural areas had much more space to work with. So whether you’re currently living with a postage stamp space in the back or out in the country with lots of room, here are a few ideas for creating your own working colonially inspired kitchen garden.

  1. Access: A colonial kitchen garden is all about access. When you