November 26, 2014
While I was away last week Williamsburg experienced the first hard frost of the season, the temperature falling to20 degrees on Mr. Fahrenheit’s scale.
This weather is somewhat cooler than is normal at this time of year but not entirely unexpected for the vagaries of the weather are like the whims of a spoiled maiden, ever …
November 12, 2014
Now that the weather has cooled we can begin whiting the Cos.
This is the most ancient form of lettuce, named for the Isle of Kos in the Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey. From there it was transported to Italy and from Italy to the rest of Europe, where it was known …
November 5, 2014
This we took down the bean trellis and harvested the last of the butter beans this week, one of the finest products of the fall garden and a fitting end to the summer season.
Originally known to Virginia colonists as Bushel or Sugar beans they are more commonly known today as …
October 28, 2014
The pomegranates are now in their perfection.
Many visitors to Williamsburg are surprised to see this exotic fruit in the garden, but the pomegranate has a long history in Virginia.
Pomegranates were first recorded in Virginia by Robert Beverley in 1705 and George Wythe of Williamsburg made a present of pomegranate trees to his …
October 21, 2014
It is in the middle of October that we plant our garlic and shallots which is true for most all of the North American colonies.
Garlic has a long usage as a medicinal plant but was seldom used in America as a culinary spice until relatively recently.
As late as 1851 Peter …
October 14, 2014
Asters are one of the true stalwarts of the autumn garden.
Generally known as Starworts to colonial botanists and plant collector’s there are now 36 species and several varieties of this versatile genus recognized in the state of Virginia.
From the colonial period to relatively recently the entire genus was …