A colonial-style row cover, called a paper frame, protects melon seedlings. Such covers were common in the 18th century. The paper frames at Colonial Williamsburg are made according to an illustration in a book published in 1763. The paper is glued to the frame and oiled with linseed oil.
A colonial-style row cover, called a paper frame, protects melon seedlings. Such covers were common in the 18th century. The paper frames at Colonial Williamsburg are made according to an illustration in a book published in 1763. The paper is glued to the frame and oiled with linseed oil. Photo courtesy of Barbara Temple Lombardi/Colonial Williamsburg
A colonial-style row cover, called a paper frame, protects melon seedlings. Such covers were common in the 18th century. The paper frames at Colonial Williamsburg are made according to an illustration in a book published in 1763. The paper is glued to the frame and oiled with linseed oil. Photo courtesy of Barbara Temple Lombardi/Colonial Williamsburg

History lessons from a colonial garden

June 07, 2012 2:35 PM