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5 New Veggies For Your Garden

Put your green thumb to good use — plant these cool-season crops

By Crystal Apilado

Looking for a wholesome, fresh food to offer your bird? Vegetables are a healthy part of your bird’s diet — and yours. Guarantee fresh veggies for your bird by growing them yourself!

Before You Plant
Different vegetables grow best during different seasons. Success in growing vegetables also depends on the climate of the area you live in. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created a Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which divides North America, including Canada and Mexico, into 11 climate zones determined by temperature. Refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map see which vegetables grow best in your area.

Cool-season crops grow best as hot summer temperatures start to cool down to 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of these selections can tolerate a light frost but will not grow well in hotter temperatures. Late summer and early fall is a great time to start planting these vegetables in your garden.

**For the full article, pick up the November 2007 issue of BIRD TALK**

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