Does genealogy influence your gardening?

Today I went to the garden centre near Otley for lunch, and couldn’t resist buying some seed potatoes for my vegetable plot. Browsing through the various varieties, I was drawn to one that said is was an old Ayrshire variety. I wonder whether any of my Ayrshire ancestors grew them?

I’ve looked them up on the internet and learnt that Ayrshire tatties are an Epicure variety introduced in 1897. Apparently they’re very good at recovering from a late frost, which we’re prone to in my part of Yorkshire, and are an early “new” potato (my favourites).

They are now in trays on the conservatory window sill chitting away until it’s warm enough to plant them out. My Aberdeenshire grandfather used to say that you knew the soil was warm enough to plant out potatoes once the weeds had begun to grow.

3 responses to “Does genealogy influence your gardening?

  1. As a keen gardener and a very keen genealogist, this question really struck something with me! I think that the answer for me is a yes – I often think about ‘old’ varieties of flowers and vegetables that my ancestors would have found familiar (a fair whack were ag labs so would have undoubtedly grown all their own produce).

    • I too am drawn to old plants that have been grown for generations. I like the feeling of continuity with the past, and also think most of them look better and more natural than new varieties. I have a Rowan tree in my back garden, planted after I learnt that crofters planted them close to their cottage doors as they were thought to ward off evil spirits! The berries are much loved by blackbirds, which is a bonus.

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