The Petticoat Garden

Photo of two women in 19th century clothing.
Our two gardeners, volunteer Jan Elder and Park Ranger Ellen Jones.

NPS Photo

About This Blog

Gardens on frontier army posts were an important way for the people at the forts to get much needed fresh vegetables. However, gardening on the hot summer plains of Kansas had its challenges! For several years now we've had a historic garden to recreate the efforts of those stationed at Fort Larned who struggled to plant and grow vegetables here. Learn all about what it takes to grow a historic 19th century garden.

Easing into the Spring Planting

April 17, 2018 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

This year's garden will start with a less ambitious cool-weather vegetables to save room for the warm weather veggies.

 

Late Summer Rain Brings the 2017 Post Garden to a Close

October 30, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

Late summer rain, and a park landscaping project presented some challenges to the close of the 2017 Fort Larned Post Garden.

 

A Challenging Summer Season

September 11, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

The temperamental Kansas weather made gardening difficult this summer. Rain and cool weather when it wasn't needed combined with hot, dry days played havoc with all the vegetables. Still, we were able to get a fair harvest from this year's garden.

 

Tomatoes, Beets and Corn. Oh My!

August 10, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

The vegetables are coming out of the garden by the basket full now.

 

A Bountiful Harvest

July 11, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

The hard work of spring and early summer have paid off as the harvesting begins.

 

No Rabbits in the Garden

June 01, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

Fort Larned rabbits won't be snacking on the garden plants this year. Radishes, tomatoes, beets and turnips are growing well, but the cold, wet weather did in the corn plants.

 

Good News and Bad News

May 12, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

A mid-April hail storm damaged some plants, but others are growing well.

 

Weather is Always a Factor!

April 19, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

Cold weather in late April gave us some concern but the plants made it through and are thriving. It looks like 2017 will be another great year for the Petticoat Garden.

 

The Seeds are in the Ground!

March 20, 2017 Posted by: Jan Elder and Ellen Jones

We've planted our seeds and put the "bunny fence" back up.

 

Last updated: May 15, 2017

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