Sunday, January 9, 2011

What Are Thrving in the Winter

Blueberry blossoms

Lately it's been really cold around here. The temperature has been around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). Although it doesn't snow in my area, it can get quite windy from the bay. All of my sweet basils turned black from the first winter frost.

I planted 2 blueberry plants over a year ago. They never flowered nor produced any berry. One of them seemed to have died off. I was surprised to find this surviving blueberry to be blooming (photo above). Perhaps I will get a few blueberries this year.

I planted some snow peas right before Thanksgiving. Snow Peas are winter crop so I expected them to do okay in the cold. They also took quite a beating from the down pour rain a couple weeks ago.

My friend John gave me a daikon from his urban farm over a year ago. He had quite a successful growing daikons (white radish), so I figured that I would give it a try this year.  In October, I planted my daikon seedlings one evening in the dark. They have grown quite rapidly. My veggie bed is a bit shallow, so I don't expect them to get too big. I like to cook miso soup with daikon. You can make salad or pickles with it, but right now I need something to warm me up!

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