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Thought folks might enjoy some pictures of my "1830s garden" and period pest control methods.

On the board you see bowls of tobacco snuff, bran, and sulfur. You'd mix them in various ratios to both enrich the soil and control egg/larvae growth.

Next to the bowls, you see a pan of new onions, which you could plant around areas with beetle and/or rodent problems. Alliums repel many pests. Next, there's a burdock leaf, rutabaga "slug trap", elder leaves, and a pan of chopped onion in water.

Onion "tea", burdock tea, elder tea, (and walnut tea) could be poured over plants to rid them of insects. Cut a rutabaga or large turnip in half, hollow it out, add a few notches around the edge, and place it upside down in the area where you have slugs or snails. Leave it overnight; lift it up after sunup, and it's full of slugs. You can do the same with several slices of turnip, lain flat, with one side lifted up a bit by lying on a small stone.

Old fashioned ideas from Fessenden's "New American Gardener", 1835. And they still work!

PS - the Fessenden is available for free on Google Books.


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