OE wyrtig, adj: Garden-like, full of plants;
On anum wyrtige hamme, Homl. Skt. ii. 30:312



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Welcome to Wyrtig.com
A resource for gardeners with a sense of history



Here you will find information about:

  • Early gardens -- Roman, Continental, and British gardens, from 43 CE to 1400 CE

  • Early plants - What archeology and early manuscripts tell us about plants grown in these gardens

  • Growing heirloom plants - How to select, start, pot on, plant out, and nurture historic, traditional, and heirloom plants in your garden

  • Resources for gardeners - Print and online resources, as well as a detailed glossary specific to Wyrtig topics

  • Contact us - How to email us with questions or comments


Sowing seed, from the
Zwiefalten calendar, 12th century


What's new...

Early garden

  The medieval "labors of the months," 
       and rural life in the early middle ages


Heirloom plants

Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

   How to grow fennel

   Fennel in early sources


Mugwort, Artemesia vulgaris

    How to grow m grow m grow mugwort

    Mugwort in early sources


Garden lore

   Ęcerbot, a field prayer

   Origins of the Green Man

   Nine Herbs Prayer from the Lacnunga


   Garden pesticides toxic to bees

   What phytoliths and early  gardens




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