Spring must be around the corner though because the local CSA fair is this Saturday. We are fortunate to have many CSA options here. There are so many that once a year they gather in a school auditorium so people can compare their offerings. How cool is that?
We joined a fruit CSA and a veggie CSA and I love them both. Interestingly, the past two growing seasons, my little city yard has easily been home to the most productive garden I've ever tended. That seems crazy when you consider that I left behind a little more than 1 1/4 acres but its true. It will never take the place of our CSA but its a great way to augment the CSA's offerings.
Here are a few pics, taken at the beginning of last spring. This first patch had strawberries, onions, lettuce and green beans. You can see pots on the stairs holding mixed baby greens. This whole area was a fairly epic success in my opinion.
This is my raspberry border. There are several different varieties mixed in there. Raspberries were the perfect choice because that side of my yard borders a parking lot and I was looking for some privacy. Also the landscaping isn't always tended to on the neighbor's side and raspberries are bossy and don't care.
This pic shows my abundant Jerusalem Artichoke patch in the back. This is another crop that doesn't give a hoot if your neighbor has crazy, vining nonsense growing untended nearby. It is nearly indestructible, prolific, tasty and has lovely yellow flowers in the fall. The trellis in the back had scarlet runner beans on it, the one in the front tomatoes. In between I grew eggplant, kale, swiss chard, zucchini (although the squash beetles really took a toll on them much to my non-zucchini loving sons' delight) and brussel sprouts. I tried peppers but had no success.
This is me in early spring last year at the spot where city residents can go to pick up free wood chips. My son has climbed to the top of a giant mountain of wood chips because we only brought one shovel and climbing a slippery wood chip mountain is fun. This picture is here because there is a lesson that goes with it. We've got a bit of a slug problem where I live and if you have a slug problem you really don't want to make a super slug friendly environment by adding wood chips to your garden, especially not around your newly planted seedlings. It's like inviting slugs to a buffet, drawing them a map and offering to drive to make it easier. Don't do it!!
I'm still planning this year's additions. What's going in your garden this year?