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By July 8, 2020 Read More →

Fickle Weather

The kitchen garden first planting is complete, although its productivity may be prejudiced by delays in its undertaking. Fickle weather, the lament of all who crop the land, and my own distractions were partners in these halts. May our fall crop plantings be more timely.

 Still and all, only the broom corn is yet to emerge, though it always seems backward. The peas and tomatoes are coming into bloom and the greens will be on the table within days. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, squash, beans and cucumbers are growing well in the current warm, wet weather with the latter two soon needing support, but with harvest still weeks away. 

 At least we cannot anticipate anything like the trials of the season of ’16, when frosts and exceptionally cold weather in all months of the growing season either knocked down all crops or left them so stunted as to be scarcely worth the trouble to salvage a harvest. This has since been attributed to obscuration of the sun’s power by dust enshrouding the heavens from an explosive volcanic eruption in the Dutch holdings in the western Pacific Ocean. In support of this was examination of colored summer snow that fell in Baltimore, as well as countries in southern Europe, that contained fine volcanic material.

 S. Prescott, July 8 1837

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Samuel’s Garden Journal is a fictionalized account of life in the Phoenix Mill House in 1837 based on primary source research into the lives of Nancy and Samuel Prescott. The Prescott family lived in the mill house when Samuel was an overseer at the Phoenix Mill in the 1830s.
Published July 8, 2020