If you didn’t catch Melissa Block’s recent piece about Thomas Jefferson’s vegetable garden on NPR’s All Things Considered, it’s a worth a listen. The post online includes the audio story, a slideshow, a link to recipes in Jefferson’s own (almost legible) handwriting, and info about a new book from Pater Hatch, who’s been working at the garden for the past 35 years. Hatch’s book is called A Rich Spot of Earth, and a short excerpt is available at NPR.
Give the story a listen; it’s a nice window into an early American gardening enthusiast. “Peas are often regarded as Jefferson’s favorite vegetable,” Hatch tells Block. “He grew some 24 different varieties.” Yep. Two dozen!