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 the 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  12th century
Zwiefalten calendar


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Early gardens

The medieval "labors of the month"


How to grow heirloom plants

Marsh Mallow - Althaea officinalis

   Marsh mallow 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 tell us about early gardens

A healthy fungicide to prevent mildew



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