Visitor Center Teaching Garden 4


Teaching Garden #2 Visitor Center

1. Garlic Chives or Chinese Leeks. Planted around May 22 and harvest begins around August 20. For uses refer to the Chinese leek listed in the main vegetable bed.

2. Garlic ‘California White'. Potted up and in cooler (HRC). Remove from cooler to cold frame ASAP and planted April 22 and harvest begins around the end of July to mid-August. For uses refer to the garlic in the main vegetable bed.

2. Scallions ‘Nabechan'. The first sowing will be around late July or early August after the garlic harvest, and it will probably be the only one after the garlic. For uses refer to scallions #14 in the main vegetable bed.

3. Nappa Cabbage or Chinese Celery Cabbage ‘Rubicon'. First crop sown indoor around March 22 and planted around April 22, and the first harvest begins May 14; second crop sown indoors around April 28 and planted around the end of May, and harvest begins June 22; third crop sown indoors around June 1, planted July 1 and harvest begins July 23; fourth crop sown around July 6, planted August 6 and harvest begins August 28; fifth crop sown indoors around August 11, planted September 11 and harvest begins around October 3. Nappa cabbage has milky white stalks and pale green ruffled leaves. They have a sweet mild taste that can be used for salads raw. It is a versatile vegetable used in soups, braised or stir-fried with meats and other rich ingredients. It has a sponge-like quality that absorbs flavors easily. The large outer leaves can be parboiled until softened then stuffed and steamed. Ignore tiny black spots found near the base which result from climate conditions. Picked firm it will hold up to three weeks. Chinese cabbage contains vitamin U and is used for treating ulcers.

4. Jicama. Sown indoors unfortunately in March instead of February, planted June 1 and harvested after the hard freeze. Known as yam bean, medium to large hard round root tuber and a sweet, crunchy white flesh. This root is more fibrous than water chestnuts but makes a good substitute. It can be used raw in salads and mushoo pancake fillings. Delicious cut in thin slices, sprinkled with lime juice and dipped in salt mixed with chili powder. This vegetable can be boiled, stir-fried or deep-fried.

5. Chinese Celery ‘Nan Ling'. Will be planted around June 1 and harvest begins around September 8. For uses refer to Chinese celery #3 in the ornamental vegetable bed.

Teaching Garden #4 - Visitor Center

1. Kohlrabi ‘Kolibri'. First crop sown indoors March 23, planted around April 15 and harvest begins May 7; second crop sown indoors April 30, planted around May 21 and harvest begins June 14; third crop sown indoors June 8, planted June 29 and harvest begins July 23; fourth crop sown indoors July 16, planted August 6 and harvest begins August 30; fifth crop sown indoors August 21, planted September 14 and harvest begins October 6. Can be eaten raw or cooked; to use cut off stems, leaves and base and peel. Slice into strips, cut into cubes and use braised, steamed or stir-fry with meat or poultry. It also can be parboiled and sliced or shredded for salads. Keeps for a week in a paper bag.

2. Pac Choi ‘Mei Qing Choi'. Sown, planted and harvested right around the same dates as kohlrabi. For uses check the main vegetable bed #5 Pac Choi.

3. Chinese Kale or Chinese Broccoli ‘Green Lance'. First crop sown April 15 direct and harvest begins May 30; second crop sown direct June 15 and harvest begins July 30; third crop sown direct August 14 and harvest begins September 28. For uses refer to the ornamental vegetable bed #2, Chinese Kale.

Spring
4. Snap Pea ‘Sugar Snap'. Sown direct around April 15 and harvest begins June 4. For uses refer to the main vegetable bed on ‘Sugar Snap; pea #15.

Summer
4. Yard Long Bean ‘Red Noodle' and ‘Gita'. Sown right around June 15 and harvest begins September 8. For uses refer to main vegetable bed under Yard Long Bean #7.

5. Daikon Radish ‘Discovery' Spring & Early Summer, ‘Summer Cross #3' and Late Summer Fall. Sown direct April 15 and harvest begins June 15; second crop sown direct June 30 and harvest begins August 24; third sowing direct August 31 and harvest begins October 30. The first and third sowings ‘Discovery' and second sowing with ‘Summer Cross # 3. For uses refer to Daikon radishes main vegetable bed #12.