Central Virginia Organic Gardener

"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

It's Easy Being green!


I don't know if this is evidence of the wonderful new raised beds we built,
or the season, but these are the most amazing greens I have ever grown!

I posted the varieties earlier, just had to show you what I picked today!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pitcher Plants


Spring has sprung, summer is closing in.  My pitcher plants are showing their
exotic blooms.  These plants are fascinating at all stages of development. The
green-yellow flower is Sarracenia flava and the red is S. leucophylla.  Please search
for and read an earlier post on bog gardens for how to plant and care for these beauties!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Today In My Garden: May 17, 2015


From the top, left to right: water iris, pitcher plants, Asian mustard, cacti and succulents, landscape rose, primrose, peony, tradescantia/spiderwort, bearded iris.

Catching Up: Finis


More good reads:
A simple vegetable trellis:

Roundup fears:

Topping Trees? Stop!

Here is a brief write up on the evils of topping trees:
http://www.ecobeneficial.com/ask_ecobeneficial/should-i-top-my-tree-to-reduce-its-size/
I will try to post a photo soon of this terrible practice....

Friday, May 15, 2015

Beautiful Greens


I think my friends all know how much I love greens.  This spring, I have grown the
most lovely and tasty salad greens ever!  Arugula, freckles lettuce, redbor kale, bright
lights Swiss chard and Bibb lettuce.  I don't know if it is this combination, good weather 
or the new raised beds I planted in, but I am delighted!  Due to renovating the garden,
however, I planted late, so these greens won't last too much longer (the arugula is already 
starting to bolt- one trick is to let it bolt, and flop down, and it will produce fresh green 
leaves in the fall).
Happy gardening!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Catching Up: 3


Some more good reads:

On a weird climate trend for the mid-Atlantic states …that has ended:

And, the Virginia invasive species list: