NPR on Jefferson’s vegetable garden

Monticello Vegetable Garden by Black.Dots. via Flickr

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!


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