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What's in the Box?

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Jan. 14, 2009 11:35 am 
Updated: Jan. 15, 2009 12:36 pm
It's a sunny day today in Seattle! I didn't get much of a chance to look around my yard this morning, but I imagine a few brave plants are already tentatively poking up through the soil. The birds seemed particularly happy.

I don't have any fresh vegetables to blog about. I walked up the street for Thai food last night. I was looking around on Allrecipes for an article about CSA's, and I could not find one. I did find a nice article about Farmer's Markets that includes links to a bunch of recipes and has great photos. (It is sort of relevant, since it is about produce that is in season.) The article also includes a link to a site called Local Harvest that includes a tab that let's you look for CSA programs all across the USA: Community Supported Agriculture. There are 127 listed for Washington State! Alaska has 8 (which actually seems like a lot for such a chilly part of the world). I would love to get a box from one of the farms in Hawaii -- the fruit must be incredible!

The climate in this part of Washington state is relativley mild; it's possible to keep a few things growing during the winter months (greens, broccoli), except when the weather is exceptionally cold (like this year). On the other hand, I have never had much luck with squash, peppers, and other hot weather veggies. I know some people seem to have the secret for shade-grown watermelons the size of cars, but I'd rather let my CSA farm go to the trouble for me!

I'd love to hear about what's growing in home gardens around the country (and the world!) at different times of year. I understand they get strawberries in the late winter in some parts of the South.
Jan. 14, 2009 3:16 pm
I just started my aerogarden yesterday. Dill, basil, mint, oregano,chives,italian parsley in one, and greens in the other.
Jan. 14, 2009 9:54 pm
I have kale that survived 10 inches of snow over Christmas, but nothing more than that. I'm trying to remember what grew in my garden in Louisiana--in Texas, I had too much shade.
Jan. 15, 2009 10:13 am
Happy birds make me smile! :) We have lots of birds that stick it out here all year round. Finches,woodpeckers,nut hatches,chickadees,cardinals,and jays are regulars at my feeders. The feathers do tend to lessen in color during the cold season. Especially the gold finches. Robins are our true spring forecasters here. It's common to call a neighbor to let them know you have seen one because we know the snow will soon be just a memory. Lucky you to have a mild climate for growing too!
Jan. 15, 2009 12:35 pm
I love the woodpeckers! I have many flickers in my yard, but not in the dead of winter. They are so funny, especially when they cling to the side of the bird feeders and peck. They're so big - they look ridiculous. My favorite sign of spring is when the flickers return and peck on everyone's TV satellite dishes to make a huge racket that apparently appeals to the other flickers.
Jan. 15, 2009 12:36 pm
What is an aerogarden??? Sounds very interesting!
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