Through My Lens: Eighteenth Century Gardening Tools

Bushels and pecks were originally measures of dry volume, but are now most often used as units of weight, and people have been measuring grains in bushels since the Middle Ages. So how much does a bushel weigh? Depends on what you're weighing! The weight of a bushel differs depending on the grain being weighed. Four pecks make a bushel. In colonial times coopers made convenient pre-measured barrels to help farmers harvest and sell their crops. The photo shows bushel, half-bushel, and peck barrels.



Colonial wheelbarrows:
functional and pretty!











These simple garden implements haven't changed too much over the years, have they?







These pictures were taken in Colonial Williamsburg, one of my favorite places in the whole world!

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