I am a Master Gardener intern in Indiana,Vanderburgh County. I am interested in researching the gardening practices and varieties of vegetables available to the Indiana gardener during the 19th century. I will be in charge of the historic Kitchen garden at the Master Gardener Display Garden in 2016. We are basically starting over in terms of designing this garden as the previous work has been neglected. I am interested in this being a true representation of a family's Kitchen garden in the time period around 1810, the age of the log cabin that was moved from its original location to the Master Gardener's Display Garden. I'm sure that Thomas Jefferson's gardens are much more extensive than our historical family's Kitchen garden would have been. Any information I can learn from your historians would be greatly appreciated.
Yes, I can only imagine how much differently the heritage vegetables must have tasted, sans pollution and pesticides. Thanks for your response. I look forward to attempting to recreate those tastes in our own garden.
Thank you Chronica! Yours is the first response to my inquiry about the historical facts about Kitchen gardens in the period around 1810. I must come to Monticello next summer. When in the summer months would you recommend I go? I will read your posts with great enthusiasm! Looking forward to future communications.