This period garden was created and is maintained by volunteers from our Friends group and local master gardeners.
Homes of this time would have had a vegetable and herb garden for cooking and medicinal purposes. Generally female family members would tend the garden. Vegetables gathered would be canned for use during the winter.
The Lusk Family would have had a garden near the house. Its exact location is unknown.
September 27, 2017
Hello All Interested Gardeners,
The Lusk Garden continues to have produce. Last week we got many small tomatoes and however only 1 Cherokee Purple. They have been a sparse producer for the last two years. Too bad, because they can be really delicious when plump and ripe. The kale and swiss chard are growing well, they have very little insect nibbles on the leaves either. I guess these insects have matured on. Turnips and beets are still growing. There were many very small green peppers and blossoms. They should be ready for picking this week. We left the lima beans on the vines for another week to dry. Luckily we had a nice rain one day. The new crop of radishes are also coming up. Wednesday September 27 will be our next day for gardening . We will meet at 9:00 AM as usual. Hope to see you then .
Beata St. Clair
September 20, 2017
Last week a couple of gardeners showed up as the misty rain started right as the garden gate opened. We quickly gathered tomatoes , basil ,parsley, some swiss chard and a turnip. This coming Wednesday Sept 20 at 9:00 AM will be the next gardening day. This morning we finally had a good rain, the forecast is for rain the next few days. If it is raining next Wednesday we will not meet.
Beata St. Clair
September 11, 2017
Last week we did some clearing of the vining plants that have completed their growing and producing season. We planted some kale , spinach, swiss chard and radishes for a quick fall crop and to grow in the space. The tomato plants, green peppers, and swiss chard and beets are growing well. The Christmas Lima bean have produced less this year (also do not seem to be getting plump in the pod) and have the yellow fuzzy bean larva infested on them. These are Mexican Bean Beatles and look like lady bugs when mature. We have not had a problem like this before. There is and article that gives some hints for control. Next time for gardening will be Wed Sept 13 at 9:00 Am if it is not raining.
Beata St Clair
September 6, 2017
Hello all Gardeners, Well, we have had another dry week with a tease of rain this evening. I was able to get over to the garden a couple of times to water the plants. The tomatoes and peppers and christmas lima beans are still growing and needed the water. The root vegetables and swiss chard are looking good still. While watering this last time it was interesting to watch the humming birds (it appeared) playing in and out of the water spray. There were also a number of hikers walking past and stopped to talk about the garden. Most of them had the same experience of the cucumbers and squash suddenly wilting earlier than expected. Our next gardening day will be Wednesday Sept 6 at 9:00 AM. Hope you will be able to make it over to the Lusk Garden.
Beata St. Clair
August 28, 2017
We have had another warm dry week. Last night there was some rain but not much. The garden was watered on Sunday. I hope the plants benefited from it. For sure the skinks and small toads did, they were running all around in the water spray, probably in disbelief. The tomatoes and green peppers are doing well. The cucumber vines are mostly drying, but do have some newer green leaves and some yellow blossoms. Gourds and dry beans are drying as they should. Next time we will clean up some of the mature plants and possibly plant some more cool liking, quicker maturing plants. Wednesday, August 30 at 9:00 AM will be the gardening time.
August 23, 2017
The garden is gearing down but still needs attention, and there are still tomatoes, a few cucumbers, beans and green peppers, plus the root vegetables. It is a question the plants can’t answer,but is the slowing down from the hot and dry weather, or because it started growing with such a flourish and is now ending earlier. We must decide or think about some cool crops to get planted for an early fall harvest. Hope to see you this coming Wednesday, Aug 23 at 9:00 AM
Beata St Clair
August 13, 2017
It has been another wonder week for people but not so much for garden plants. No fear, we have a helpful volunteer who went over and spent over an hour watering the garden. Our next garden gathering will be Wednesday August 16 at 9:00 AM. There is a possibility of rain, so if it is raining , we will not meet. Hope you are able to attend this next time.
Beata St. Clair
We have had a lovely weather opening week of August. Last week the garden continued to produce quantities of cucumbers and tomatoes both Cherokee purple and Riesentraube, also green beans, plus other herbs and vegetables that are slowing down. The October beans are drying and some were picked. This week on Wednesday, August 9 at 9:00 AM will be the next gathering to garden together. Hope more of you are able to come.
July 31, 2017
Good morning Gardeners,
It has been a lovely week for people. The garden probably would have liked a little more rain. Last week we began to get quite a few tomatoes and green peppers and lots of green beans and cucumbers. The lettuce and root vegetables are beginning to come to their growth ends. Butterflies, bees and humming birds are busy visiting the flowers and vegetable blooms. We will be at the Lusk Heritage Demonstration Garden at 9:00 AM on Wednesday Aug 2 for a gardening time. Come for a good outdoor time and good vegetables.
July 26, 2017
We had a very nice attendance last week for the evening garden gathering. I hope everyone enjoyed it and learned at least 1 or more things new. Attendees were MG, Members of Friends of TRSSP, volunteers from the garden and others interested. We talked about the garden history and choices of vegetables planted, then walked through the garden, looking at the plants and picking some of the produce. We picked our first red (almost) Cherokee Purple Tomato. One of the more vegetables of interest was the nest egg gourd . A small decorative gourd that looks exactly like a large chicken egg. There was produce for attendees to take home. Some MG members also brought produce form their home gardens to share. There was also a Master Gardeners Meeting. As is turned out, we would have had a rain cancellation for wed morning anyway. Our next gardening day will be at 9:00 AM Wed July 26. With the warm sunny days and a little rain there should be lots to pick and pull. Hope to see you then and there.
July 15, 2017
We got lots of nice looking produce last week . This is a sampling . Also but not included was much green beans, and a multitude of cucumbers. My cat was intrigued with it all. We had oven roasted turnips for dinner. They were good. Our next gardening day will be Wed July 12 at 9:00 AM. Come and enjoy the Lusk Heritage Demonstration Garden beauty of vegetables growing.
Last week was the weekly mini weeding, since the productive plants are growing so well and taking over, the weeds don’t have much room to grow. There was harvesting the greens and root veggies, plus viewing the lovely scarlet runner bean blossoms and the big yellow and white gourd and melon blossoms. The nest egg gourds are growing their cute little egg gourds. The fence has protected from predators and the periodic rain has produced the needed rain. The next gardening time will be different next time. On Tuesday evening (July 18) at 6:00 PM the Parke-Vermillion Master Gardeners will have a garden viewing and tour in coordination with their meeting. All interested are invited to attend. This would be a good time for anyone to come learn a little history of the garden and see the garden and find out what the master gardener program is about. If you were an early helper at the garden you can see how the plants have grown. If you have never been come see with no requirements. Also the crops are available for you to get sampling. There will NOT be a Wednesday morning gardening time this coming week. We will resume the usual schedule July 26.
Beata St. Clair
July 3, 2017
Last week was a good gardening day. We harvested the greens we have been getting, plus cabbage, many turnips, cucumbers and even a few tomatoes were large enough for a gardener to get for preparing green tomatoes. This week we will be working the garden on Wednesday July 5 at 9:00 AM. It will be a good way if you had a busy extended week-end to unwind. The weather, however, does predict possible rain, so remember, if it is raining we will not meet. Hope the rain holds off, and we see you on wed morning.
Beata St. Clair
Hello Fellow Gardeners,
Last week we did a little maintenance of weeding, putting straw around the beans and cucumber plants. Also we put quad stakes around the tomato plants. The tomatoes are growing well and have many blossoms and a few small tomatoes starting to form. The scarlet runner beans are loving their trellis and the bumble bees and humming birds are loving the blossoms. We harvested white radishes, good sized turnips, lettuce, kale, swiss chard,and what good veggies they are. Next garden day will be more usual maintenance and there are more tomato plants to support plus what ever else there is as always. Hope to see there on Wednesday June 24 at 9:00 AM .
Beata St. Clair
June 11, 2017
Here we are in the middle of June already. Our garden looks really good. We have been able to harvest asparagus, rhubarb, greens of various kinds , parsley, and radishes so far this year. And the beet tops look and taste great ( thanks to our new fence). It is serving it’s protective function well. Before when the rabbits were in it, they loved the beet tops best. Last week we did some weeding, and picked radishes, lettuce , kale, beet greens, and spinach. Come over on June 14 at 9:00 AM when we will be there again. It is a good time to join in, there is minimal labor to be done and lots of harvesting , so the reward is great.
June 7, 2017
Last week was garden maintenance which is always a gardeners duty. There was the reward of radishes and lettuce. There was a little rain a few nights ago, but it has been a hot and dry beginning of June. We will meet at the garden on Wednesday, June 7 at 9:00 AM for more gardening fun.
Good evening Gardeners,
Last week was rather rainy in areas. In spite of the spotty rain a few gardeners showed up at the garden and got some weeding and hoeing done. They also were able to harvest some radishes. The leaves of the radishes had a little nibbling off of them. A mouse was seen running from the site. When looking for it, a little toad hopped out to the amazement of the snoopers. The fence is apparently serving the protection from the rabbits at least. The other vegetables are growing also, and some guidance help was given to the scarlet runner beans to keep them on there trellis. We will meet at the garden again this Wednesday May 31 at 9:00 AM. Hope to see you at the Lusk Garden this week.
Beata St. Clair
May 18, 2017
Last Wednesday we accomplished our task of loading and unloading and placing the wood chips on the paths. It was good work. There was a little more asparagus growth to harvest and the seedlings are becoming visible. The lettuce is big enough to see the different varieties. Next Gardening day will be Wednesday May 24 at 9:00 AM, ( earlier or a little later at your scheduling. )
Beata St. Clair
May 7, 2017
Last week we peeked closely at the ground and saw tiny sprouts from some of the seeds planted a few weeks ago, and the small seedling plants are establishing themselves nicely. There was the usual weeding . It is a little early for harvests, but there was rhubarb and a little asparagus. There has been lots of rain and possibly more next week. We will meet at the Lusk Garden on Wednesday May 10 at 9:00 AM for our next gardening day. There a few gardeners who like to come earlier and some that like to come later, so come and join the gardening anytime around that time. There is a nice new display about the garden by the TR DNR naturalist on the information board at the Lusk Home. Be sure to notice it when you are in the area. There is a prediction of rain in the middle of the week. So, remember , if it is raining we will not meet. Hoping the weather is nice and will see you next wednesday.
May 1, 2017
Last week we were accomplished weeding, thinning, and getting the rest of the trellises in place. Our specially individualized and built heart trellis will have scarlet sweet peas growing up on it this year, it should look impressive. The rest of the seeds were planted and also the inside started plants tomatoes, peppers, and gourds were placed in the ground. There was a concern about keeping them moist enough, but as we all know the rains came and that has not been a concern. In fact the rain has been extra heavy, so one of our concerned volunteer gardeners stopped by the garden to check, and all the plants are fine. In fact, some of seeds planted a few weeks ago are beginning to sprout. Our garden is on it’s way. Our next gardening day will be Wednesday May 3, meeting at 9:00 AM ( come a little earlier or later if it fits better into your schedule) Hope to see you then and there. Remember , if it is raining we will not meet.
April 24, 2017
Last week we needed to do a lot more preparation to the garden soil than I had anticipated. The endurance of the gardeners got it done and we were able to get most of the seeds planted in the plots, also more thinning and repotting of some of the lilies to be sold at the nature center. Our green house volunteer brought the cabbages that she started and we planted them. The tomatoes are doing very well but we are waiting to get them planted. It was a good choice because the there was a thin covering of ice in my birdbath this morning. We will meet and work at the garden this coming Wednesday April 26 . We will have a time of 9:00 AM . But anyone can arrive earlier or later if that is better for your scheduling. There is always weeding maintenance to get started on. Hope to see you there.
April 12, 2017
Last Wednesday was a rain out. Still there were two volunteers to show up and we got about 30 minutes of weeding done in a little break in the rain. This coming week’s Wednesday’s forecast is much better. We will meet at the garden on Wednesday April 12 at 9:30 AM or after if that is too early for you. Come for even a short period of time if that is all you can, all efforts help. There is much ground preparation to be done so we can get the seeds in the ground and the garden growing . Bring your garden tools or use some that we will have provided. Hope to see you there.
Beata St. Clair
April 1, 2017
Spring keeps pushing to get here, yet winter will not completely let go. We will be proceeding on the garden with the construction of the new fence this coming weekend. The old fence posts were pulled out today and the new ones are to be put in. This Saturday March 25, the Boy Scout troop will put in the ground guards and construct the picket fence. They plan to work rain or shine and have it done in one day. The scouts do not mind if anyone wants to stop by and see as they work, or will accept a little assistance if they need it. We the gardeners will be starting the garden ground prep and starting some of the early seed vegetable in the next few weeks. Wednesday has been the garden day and we can continue that routine if it is agreeable with everyone or change the day if that is better for most. Stop by on Sat if you want to see what is going on .
Volunteers bundling rye to ready the garden for winter
Another look at rye bundled.
If you are interested in helping in the Lusk Garden, please contact Shelby at AniaNailo@gmail.com and we will get you connected to the right people!