Vegetables

Chard

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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Dragon Tongue Bean

Dragon Tongue is a great bean for the Sunnyvale garden. It is a bush bean, 24-30 inches tall. It is a great in a container. Lots of beans in 60 days. It’s suited to use as a fresh snap bean or as a shelled bean when fully mature. As a snap, harvest when the flat beans turn from lime green …

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Carrots

The carrots you find at the grocer require 10-12 inches deep of loose soil, othewise they grow stunted. Your standard ground soil in Sunnyvale is clay. The solution is to select one of many varieties that are shorter. ‘Nantes’ is about 7 inches long. ‘Thumbelina’ is 4 inches long.

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Chive

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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Fava

Broad Bean, Fava Bean. Fava beans are a great spring vegetable for a Sunnyvale garden. It grows to be a bushy plant, two to seven feet tall. Fava beans have erect, coarse stems and large leaves without climbing tendrils.  The white or purplish flowers are born in clusters on short stalks in the axils of the leaves. Fava beans are …

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Purslane

Common in our Sunnyvale yards but little known in the North American kitchen, purslane is both delicious and exceptionally nutritious. Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) — also known as duckweed, fatweed, pursley, pussley, verdolagas and wild portulaca — is the most frequently reported “weed” species in the world. It can grow anywhere that has at least a two-month growing season. My …

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Horseradish

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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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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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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Fennel

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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