Upper South

March, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

Chinese Vegetables
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers basic information on growing both cool-season and warm-season Chinese vegetables. The introductory overview offers information on planting, fertilizing, watering, common problems, and ways to prevent bolting. The cool-season crops covered include Chinese cabbage, bok choy, tat soi, Chinese broccoli, Chinese mustards, Chinese radishes, and snow peas. The warm-season crops include Chinese spinach, yard-long beans, Chinese okra, bitter melon, winter melon, cucumbers, and eggplant.

Books

Asian Vegetables and Herbs
Two books on growing Asian vegetables have been the standard-bearers for several decades, and they are yet to be displaced, especially since they've been revised and updated recently. Oriental Vegetables: The Complete Guide for the Gardening Cook by Joy Larkcom (Kodansha America, revised edition 2008, $19.95) and Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your Own Backyard: A Complete Planting Guide for 40 Vegetables and Herbs, from Bok Choy and Chinese Parsley to Mung Beans and Water Chestnuts by Geri Harrington (Storey Publishing, 2009, $16.95) are the perfect pairing for information on how to grow more of these flavorsome and nutritious vegetables in your garden.

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