A non-commercial guide to organic gardening in the mid-Atlantic states, with some specifics to central Virginia..and some information applicable across the country! Or to other time zones! Across the seas! Who knew?
"No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden." Thomas Jefferson
Central Virginia Organic Gardener
"And 'tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes." - William Wordsworth, 1798
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Winter food, winter color
After gardening for 11 years in Indiana, I am still surprised at what is possible in the Virginia garden, even after 10 years of being here!Of course, we are two USDA zones south from Indiana (map courtesy of the US Arboretum).And, of course, more was possible in Indiana than I realized when I lived there (if Elliot Coleman can grow winter greens in Maine….!)However, to have salad greens, cooking greens and nasturtiums grown outside of a cold frame in December is quite a revelation (see quickie entry on Dec. 9 on my Thanksgiving salad).Another revelation to me is the color that lingers in the garden into December. Here are some photos of some colorful leaves and berries that are still in my garden on December 9 (Asian maple, American beautyberry, strawberry and bucket pond, eucalyptus).
The USDA map showed the section of Indiana in which we lived in pale blue, which is Zone 5A.In Virginia we live in the light pink Zone 7a. What a difference two zones make!Happy gardening!