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The Monticello Garden Project

We’ve decided to (try) to grow a historically based “Colonial” garden this year!   We’re using seeds purchased from Monticello that were all documented by the flora enthusiast Thomas Jefferson and planted at his home garden in Virginia.  Although we may have a range of successes throughout the project – we’ll try to blog about the whole experience and see if we might be able to learn some things along the way!  We’ll look into the history of the various seeds we’ll be using, notes directly from Mr. Jefferson on the plants we’ll be growing, and showcase some 18th century recipes using some of the ingredients we’re hoping to grow.

Our inspiration:

South view of some of the gardens at Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello.

Of course, ours will be on a microscopic scale compared to the vast gardens at Monticello seen above – but it’s a start!

I thought the introduction of our Monticello Garden Project would be a great tie-in to a neat article from Mother Earth News about creating a self-sufficient homestead – in as little as 1-acre of land!  

Here is a suggested plan for one way to lay out all the areas needed for a self-sufficient homestead.

The article mentions: “Your 1-acre homestead can be divided into land for raising livestock and a garden for raising fruits, vegetables, plus some grain and forage crops.” 

You can read the full article at Mother Earth News here, which is actually an excerpt from the book “The self-sufficient Life and How to Live It” by John Seymour.  The book looks fascinating and, according to the synopsis, “…teaches all the skills needed to live independently: harnessing natural forms of energy, raising crops and keeping livestock, preserving foodstuffs, making beer and wine, basketry, carpentry, weaving, and much more.”

While we don’t have the time nor space to go as far as creating a full-on self-sufficient homestead – we’re hoping this historical garden will be a starting block to bring us back to natural eating, living off the land and becoming a bit more independent and controlled in what we bring into our kitchen.  Plus, the best part – we’ll learn all sorts of interesting things throughout this new adventure!

We’re excited to get started!  Do you plan on growing a garden this year or do you participate in some form of self-sufficient homesteading?


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