Snippets 95. In Snippets 93 we looked at some gardening advice for September, from The New British Jewel, or Complete Housewife’s Best Companion, published in 1788, a collection of recipes and other practical information. Reflecting a time where people had to be rather more self-sufficient than today, the book also includes detailed month-by-month instructions about gardening work, divided into section on “flower garden”, “fruit garden” and “kitchen garden”. Here’s some advice from the same book, but for October.
Work to be done in the flower garden.
Anemonies and ranunculuses should now be planted. Continue to transplant and lay roses and such-like flowering shrubs; and to plant the cuttings of jessamines and honey-suckles. Sow the berries of yew, holly and other evergreens. This is proper time to remove your ananas or pine apples out of the park beds into the above. Set your pots of carnations which are now blowing, into the greenhouse near the door.
Work to be done in the fruit garden.
You may now plant peaches, apricots, and other fruit trees, in untried earth, no dung. Vines should now be planted against walls. About the middle of this month sow cyder-pressings, to raise stock for grafting, or making orchards. Transplant trees of all sorts, and lay up acorns and mast in sand. Lay bare the roots of old unthriving trees, and stir up new ground.
Work to be done in the kitchen garden.
This is the proper season to lay up roots for winter, as carrots and parsnips. Take the roots of turnips out of the ground. Make plantations of currants and gooseberries from suckers or cuttings. Make plantations of lettuce for winter. Transplant cabbages and cauliflower plants. Preserve cauliflowers and artichoke in sand in the house.
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