As someone who loves to grow things, married 40 years to a devoted gardener, I've often wondered how people gardened during the Civil War.
For many of us in the modern United States, gardening is not a matter of life and death. There are stores, there are farmers market, if we run out of food.
For many people in the United States during the war, gardening was a subsistence activity.
The home garden fed the family, and animals. It provided both food and medicine, through medicinal herbs, and dyes for homespun wool.
|Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, NY|
|Pumpkin Patch, Farmer's Museum|
Pumpkins were also grown in the Civil War era garden, along with beets, onions, tomatoes, beans, cabbage and potatoes. Food from the garden and available livestock was supplemented by hunting.
Especially in the Confederacy, as the war continued and food became both scarce and expensive, growing your own food became more and more a necessity.
|I suspect this is a chicken breed that existed at the time of the war|
Next week, I will return to the war itself, possibly blogging about a battle in Kansas - another in my series about the "neglected West" of the Civil War.