My green thumb is holding a grudge against me at the moment. Due to one crazy spring and equally as crazy summer, my garden is not what I had envisioned or hoped for this year. I really wanted to make it right with my green thumb – such a helpful appendage when gardening. I tried to appease my green thumb by reading “Gia’s Garden”, an incredible resource on the science of ecological gardening. Although it made it happier, it was just not quite the same. So, I had to know something….I know some areas are blessed with the ability to grow edibles all year long, each season blessed with the fruits of their labor. Does our temperate maritime climate allow for such a pleasure?
Well…not exactly as bountifully in variety as other zones, but yes! I was delighted to learn that those living west of Cascades can enjoy a full Fall and Winter garden. I’m sure many of you already know the joy of winter gardening, but I have just embarked on a new and exciting journey. The Territorial Seed Company located in Oregon has a very helpful Fall and Winter Planting Guide for this zone, with suggestions on great plants to seed in July, August and even some as late as September and October. Their seed catalog notes those that grow exceptionally well in Winter such as the January King cabbage or the white winter bunch green onions. Additionally, they have how to videos on a variety of subjects and even have a free Garden Planner that sends reminders for planting/seeding and even helps you design the your bed for the ultimate harvest.
So for those who may have green thumbs demanding reparations for a neglected spring and summer gardening season….enjoy!
-posted by Miss Jesikah, who looks forward to fresh greens from her garden in her holiday menu this December!