Re: need some project advice
- Subject: Re: [cg] need some project advice
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 11:21:02 -0800
>...proposed local school project to bring World
>History to life by creating four 3' x 15' theme gardens:
>bed #1 -- *Americas - squash, chili peppers, corn, bush beans,
>bed #2 -- *Ancient Greece - lavendar, leek, chive, basil, parsley
>bed #3 & #4 -- *China & Mesopotamia - rhubarb, barley, oats
>* Are there more representative plants for these themes?
I googled for fun and found some ambiguous info on what originated
where. Is the purpose to show the origin of plants, or to show
representative diets? It might be fun to grow foods in each section
that represent daily meals -- plant a legume, a grain, a vegetable or
two, and a fruit for each region.
Or you could decide on a few plants you know are easy to grow and
then research where they came from.
soybeans, garlic (may be too late to plant), ginger (tropical), tea
Chinese vegetables in the cabbage family -- red mustard leaf is
beautiful (though strong)
bay tree, lemon tree in containers ? (indoors in the winter)
grape vines (leaves and fruit)
grow corn, pole beans, and squash/pumpkin as "Three Sisters"
for medicinal use, echinacea roots are harvested from 3-year-old
plants, though the leaves can always be used
potatoes are easy and come in red, white, yellow, purple; can be
grown in piles of straw or mulch to make harvesting easier and save
blueberries or cranberries?
melons (not watermelon), onions, lentils, barley, millet
Barley and wheat are the cereals that occur most persistently in
Mesopotamian archaeological sites. ...Barley was not only the most
common of the useful natural products but also the most abundant, and
in the absence of money as a medium of exchange, barley grain served
as the accepted standard of value. [flat] Bread and onions formed
the basic diet of the people of Assyria and Babylonia.... Gardens in
fertile Mesopotamia flourished, and onion leeks and garlic were
amongst the most frequently cultivated plants. ... A good meal
consisted too of vegetables such as lentils which, like beans, have
always been grown in the area, boiled millet, barley prepared as we
prepare rice, and possibly maize.... Other common vegetables included
pumpkins, cucumbers and melons. ...The date...was, in the words of
Herodotus, their 'food, wine and honey'. Fig-syrup was also used in
Assyria. ...The varieties of fruit most commonly eaten, other than
dates, included grenadines, medlars, apples, pears, apricots, plums,
and pistachio nuts-varieties which flourished in Assyria.
origins of vegetables
Americas: tomatoes, snap beans, peppers, lima beans, and potatoes
eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and well inland: asparagus,
beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, endive, kale, lettuce,
parsley, parsnips, and rhubarb.
both the Middle East and the Near East: peas, Indian mustard, carrot,
onion, and muskmelon
far east (including China): various mustards, radishes, Chinese
cabbage, soybeans, cucumbers, eggplant, and cowpeas.
India: cowpeas (black-eyed peas), eggplant, and cucumbers.
Africa: okra and watermelons
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