sowed seeds of the East India Asparagus in a small bed at the point of levelled triangle S.W. end of the garden.
planted in the orchard below the garden black soft peaches of Georgia from W. Mer.
planted 40. odd Hemlock & Weymouth pines near the Aspen thicket.
planted seeds of the Cherokee rose from Govr. Milledge in a row of about 6.f. near the N.E. corner of the Nursery.Goliah stuck sticks to mark the place. this has been a remarkeably backward spring. we have had fires steadily thro' the whole month.
a great fresh in the Rivanna this day. it was above the top of the hopper in my toll mill. by marks at Henderson's distillery in Milton it wanted 6. feet of being as high as that in 1795. which wanted but 3. f. of being as high as the great fresh on the 26th. of May 1771.
the road from the Shadwell ford to the top of the mountain, along the North side of the mountain, was begun & was finished May. 11. except some little blowing. it has taken 552. days work @2/ = 184. D.
The cherries & peaches are completely killed this year, as well on the mountains as elsewhere. this was effected by cold freezing winds, mostly from the N.W. in the month of April, & of considerable continuance. The peaches & cherries (except Morellas) were then in bloom & killed. the Morella cherries & apples, not being then in bloom, escaped entirely.
planted in the Nursery next below the little grass terras, in a bed ranging with the upper strawberry bed,
68. peach stones [W. Meriwether's Georgia black. unknown, but supposed good because saved]
planted 32. seeds of the Mimosa julibritzin in the earthen trough, in which were also sowed on the 10th. inst. seeds of the Alpine strawberry from Mazzei.
sowed seeds of Dionaea muscipula in a pot. they were several years old.
in square II. beginning with the S. W. row sowed
1. row of rheum undulatum, esculent rhubarb. the leaves excellent as Spinach.
1.do. Long pod soup pea. or Asparagus bean. pods 3.f. long, to run on poles. when green they are dressed as Asparagus, or as snaps, or boiled in soup.
1.do. African early pea, lately introduced from Africa into S.Carola. where it gives 3. crops a year. the two last as articles from Genl. Sumpter.
1.do. lentils. Ervum lens.
3. do. Windsor beans.
sowed oil radish in the nursery, in the former asparagus bed.
G. Divers finds the following sufficient for his family.
Celery 400. f. running measure. to wit 10. rows of my squares 3.f. apart 4 f is better
Salsafy 320. f = 8. rows of my squares of 40 f. at 6. I. every way
Carrots 320. f = 8. do.12.I. apart
parsneps 200. f = 5. do.12.I. apart
beet 200. f = 5. do.12.I. apart
sowed Monthly strawberry seed from Colo.Worthington in Nursery E. corner.