Fort de Chartres State Historic Site Heritage Garden will host two jardin potager events for early 2017. The first event will be hosted by this garden curator and the event will include a seed exchange event on Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m.-noon. The seed exchange will take place in the site’s guard room and free heirloom seeds and sample seed packets will be available. Bring your favorites or extra seeds to the fort and share your seed bounty while having an opportunity to select seed from the garden project or others offering their seeds. After a break, weather permitting, at 1 p.m. we will move into the Fort’s kitchen garden and learn how to prepare raised beds for the upcoming growing season and learn which vegetable and flower seeds than can be planted in February in the Illinois Country. Also, the garden’s fruit trees will be pruned for their most important pruning of the year.
The second garden event occurring late winter at the Fort is the annual Fort de Chartres Jardin Potager Weekend on Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26. Visitors are welcome to join volunteers on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. for a discussion about direct sowing seeds in the garden. After a break, work will begin in the garden preparing raised beds and planting seeds appropriate for the approach of spring. Heirloom seed packet samples will be available to visitors traveling to the Fort to celebrate the upcoming spring. À bientôt!
For a list of the 2017 Special Events at Fort de Chartres, please check the Événements page of this blog. and if you would like more information about the Fort or upcoming events, call Fort de Chartres State Historic Site at 618-284-7230.