Squash – Pattypan

patty pan squash

Pattypan squash is a variety of summer squash (Cucurbita pepo) notable for its small size, round and shallow shape, and scalloped edges, somewhat resembling a small toy top, or flying saucer. The name “pattypan” derives from “a pan for baking a patty.” Its French name, pâtisson, derives from a Provençal word for a cake made in a scalloped mould. The …

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Chard is a member of the beet family that does well in both cool and warm temperatures. It can be cooked or used raw in salads and is high in vitamins A and C. Botanical name: Beta vulgaris Plant type: Vegetable Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Soil type: Loamy Bloom time: Summer Planting Plant chard seeds 2 to 3 …

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If you want to eat the Fennel bulb then make sure you get the Florence Fennel. Fennel is a flowering plant species in the celery family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae. It is the sole species in the genus Foeniculum. It is a hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves.

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Cucumber – Hmong

Cucumber, Cucumis sativus ‘Hmong Red’   Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info) Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info) Cultivar: Hmong Red   Category: Vegetables Vines and Climbers   Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)   Spacing: 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)   Seed Type: Open Pollinated   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Bloom Color: Gold (Yellow-Orange)   Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer …

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String Beans

green string beans

Green beans, also known as string bean, snap bean in the northeastern and western United States, or ejotes in Mexico, are the unripe fruit of various cultivars of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).[1][2] Green bean cultivars have been selected especially for the fleshiness, flavor, or sweetness of their pods. Green beans are found in two major groups, bush beans and …

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Eggplant – Pingtung Long

Eggplant, Solanum melongena var. esculentum ‘Pingtung Long’   Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Solanum (so-LAN-num) (Info) Species: melongena var. esculentum Cultivar: Pingtung Long   Category: Annuals Vegetables   Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)   Hardiness: Not Applicable   Sun Exposure: Full Sun   Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if …

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Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana. Horseradish is easy to grow, provides pretty foliage, and produces that wonderful hot sauce. it can grow in a one foot patch and only 8 to 12 inches of soil. Horseradish roots taste better if they experience a night or two of frost. In Sunnyvale, this typically means late December or early January. But if you need horseradish …

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Chives are an easy addition to the Sunnyvale garden. It’s great to cut a few stalks with scissors and add them to your baked potatoes or other dishes. You can add them to herb boxes, pots, or in the ground. They are perennials (with adequate care).

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Mexican mini melon

mexican mini-melon

Melothria scabra is a vine grown for its edible fruit. Fruit are about the size of grapes and taste like cucumbers with a tinge of sourness. Vernacular names include mouse melon, Mexican sour gherkin, cucamelon, Mexican miniature watermelon and Mexican sour cucumber. This plant is native to Mexico and Central America,[1] where it is called sandiita (little watermelon). It is …

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Kale – Nero Toscano

Cold-hardy and resilient, kale is an easy member of the cabbage family to grow. In Sunnyvale (USDA Zone 9) plant the seeds in November (right before the winter rains). You can set out plants quite early in spring as long as you protect the young plants from severe cold winds with a cover. They will grow steadily for months until …

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