This spring our Education Coordinator, Kathy, and our maintenance staff put together three large raised beds for the Elliott kitchen garden. The beds are located between the Blacksmith shop and Elliott house. The garden beds were constructed, after extensive research, to emulate what Mrs. Elliott would have had outside the home in 1851. In keeping with authenticity the wood used to construct the beds is Douglas-fir treated with boiled linseed oil.
The vegetables planted in the garden are all heirloom varieties grown from seed. The seeds were purchased through the Landis Valley Heirloom Seed Project located in Lancaster, PA. The harsh winter combined with a cold spring season led to the decision to plant the seeds inside before putting them in their final home in the raised beds.
The heirloom varieties planted in the garden include: Danver’s Half Long Carrots, Deacon Dan Beets, Deertongue Lettuce, Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage, Huberschmidt Ground Cherry, Patty Pan Squash, Pretzel Bean, Red Drumhead Cabbage, Seneca Corn and White Cucumber. For more information about each vegetable or to start an heirloom garden of your own please visit the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum’s website: http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/seeds.php.
Come out to the museum and watch history grow before your eyes!