The Seeds are in the Ground!

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

“The spring opened early. Garden ploughed and planted. The officers longest at the post thinking to make sure of a crop; planted a great many onions; using the sets; with what result will be seen by and by.”
- Assistant Surgeon S. G. Cowdrey, April 1874

We planted the garden in late March as the mild, dry winter had warmed the soil sufficiently for the early vegetables. Unfortunately, the soil was very dry at planting time. We carried several buckets of water to soak the seeds as they were planted.

Vegetable seeds planted were: French Breakfast radish, Lincoln peas, Tennis Ball lettuce, Crosby's Egyptian beets, Amsterdam Prickly Seeded spinach, Westerfield Red onions.

This year we also planted red onion sets, including a few Wethersfield Red onions raised from seed in 2016 (we pulled these small bulbs in the Fall and stored in a cool place over the winter). 

The "Bunny Fence" has been re-installed; it was successful last year in keeping small, hungry rabbits out of the garden. (We hope it will work again this year!) A layer of well-composted horse manure was spread over the garden at planting time (a donation from the Sellers family horses!). 

In addition to seeds, we planted nine Late Flat Dutch cabbage plants. These plants were started from seed planted indoors in pots in February and "harden off" outdoors before being planted in the garden. We hope that by setting out these early plants we will have cabbages to use in the kitchen during the Memorial Day Weekend.

A few days after our garden was planted, the fort received a good soaking rain; we hope to see tiny sprouts of green in our garden soon!


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