One of the areas in my care is the garden for a Tudor longhouse. The timbers of the house have been dated to the 1500's so we try to reflect that with the look and contents of the garden. It has wooden raised beds based on images from woodcuts of the period, and the seed is broadcast rather than sown in rows**
...some texts talk about sowing seed as mixtures, so I'm trying a mix of carrots, turnips and parsnips.
|carrot, parsnip and turnip mixture|
Not sure how well this will work - the turnips and parsnips might be too muscly for the carrots. Will let you know how I get on with that. It's only a titchy garden, but I'll also be growing some leeks, garlic (already in), and a bed of coleworts and collards. These loose headed kale-y things are much older in date than the ball shaped cabbages we grow today. Maps of the period sometimes have gardens marked as 'kale yards'.
There's also a herb bed that's in the process of renovation, so I'll be growing some more stuff for that this year. But more of that another time....
*This takes me way back to the first few weeks of my degree with a bunch of very self conscious 18 year olds in our first drama workshops. "Be a tree.... Don't just be a tree - be what a tree means to you..." ?!?!
**Sowing seed in rows is first mentioned in gardening texts of the late 17th century, soon after the invention of the farmers' horse drawn seed drill.