UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Fall Garden Markets

Rows of winter greens
Here in Santa Clara County, we can grow vegetables year round. So get your garden ready for a bountiful winter harvest with our Fall Garden Markets.

We will have a wide variety of wonderful vegetable seedlings for sale that thrive in our cool season and provide fresh vegetables all winter long. Come talk to us and get tips for success with winter vegetables. Arrive early for best selection. Sales benefit the UC Master Gardener program.

September 23: Palo Alto Demo Garden, 10 a.m.–noon

October 7: Martial Cottle Park Harvest Festival, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

October 14: Guglielmo Winery, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

See our Vegetable Planting Chart for a month by month guide on when to plant different vegetables, developed specifically for Santa Clara County.

 

Fall Garden Market Varieties List

All seedlings are sold in six-packs unless otherwise noted. Arrive early for best selection. Some varieties may sell out quickly or be in short supply. A selection of flowers and ornamental plants will also be offered. Please note: Not all varieties will be available at all markets.

In addition to vegetables, a variety of ornamental flowering plants and succulents will be offered.

OP: Open-pollinated. Seed saved will breed true to type.
Hybrid: Produced from crosses between two distinct parent lines. Seed saved will not be true to the variety planted. (More on seed saving)

Asian Greens

Chinese Broccoli, Gai Lohn, OP
Thick, juicy stalks, young leaves and flower buds are tender and delicious. Can harvest shoots repeatedly for weeks.
Pak Choi Green Fortune, Hybrid
Ready in 30 days. Great for greens or stir-fry. Slow to bolt. 8–10" tall. Plant 8–12" apart.
Tatsoi, OP
Smooth, spoon-shaped leaves in a compact rosette. Mild flavor is perfect for salads or stir fries. 6–10" tall. Plant 6" apart.

Beets

Bull's Blood, OP
Deep reddish-purple leaves are popular as baby greens in salads. Roots display pretty pink rings when sliced crossways. 8–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Chioggia, OP
Old Italian heirloom beet known for its red & white candy–striped rings and mild, sweet flavor. Named after a fishing town in Italy and pronounced ‘kee–OH–jaw’. 8–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Detroit Dark Red, OP
Popular heirloom beet, uniform and smooth, with sweet red flesh and tasty 14" tops for greens. 10–14" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Formanova, OP
Tasty, fine-textured beet in a convenient long shape that is easy to peel and slice into rounds. Delicious leaves too. 8–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Golden, OP
Sweet golden beets are mild and tasty. Beautiful in salads. Greens are delicious and mild. 8–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.

Broccoli

Batavia, Hybrid
Four-pack. Large 6–8" main head plus side shoots on this very early broccoli. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Belstar, Hybrid
Four-pack. Large 6–8" main head followed by plentiful side shoots which will continue all winter long. Later than Packman. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Bonanza, Hybrid
Four-pack. Large 9" main head followed by generous crop of large (5" across) side shoots. Productive and flavorful. 24–36" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Broccolini (Aspabroc), Hybrid
Four-pack. Easy-to-grow baby broccoli produces dozens of tender, tasty heads with an asparagus-like flavor. 20–24" tall. Plant 24" apart.
Calabrese, OP
Four-pack. Medium-sized 3–6" main head followed by numerous side shoots for months afterwards. 24–30" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Packman, Hybrid
Four-pack. Tasty large (10-inch) light blue-green main head followed by lots of side shoots which will continue through the winter. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Waltham 29, OP
Four-pack. Delicious heirloom variety with plentiful side shoots. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Mixed
Mixed four-pack of broccoli. A great way to try several varieties! Plant 12–18" apart.

Cabbage

Early Jersey Wakefield, OP
Four-pack. Heirloom variety with 2–3 lb pointed heads that are solid, sweet, crisp and delicious. Compact plants can grow close together. 12–15" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Mammoth Red Rock, OP
Four-pack. Heirloom variety with crisp, deep purple-red heads, fine flavor. 5-lb heads, 8–10" across. 12–15" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Napa Cabbage, Little Jade, Hybrid
Four-pack. Dense, juicy heads, firm and sweet. 10–12" tall. Plant 10–12" apart.
Pixie, Hybrid
Four-pack. Fast growing baby cabbage is just 5" across. Sweet and crisp. Plant 10" apart

Cauliflower

Amazing, OP
Four-pack. Classic cauliflower, pure white, deeply domed, self-blanching, delicious. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Cheddar, Hybrid
Four-pack. Like a regular cauliflower, but orange! Sweet and tasty, with about 25 times as much beta carotene as white cauliflower. No blanching needed. Delicious and striking. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Graffiti, Hybrid
Four-pack. Neon purple cauliflower keeps its color when cooked. Makes a great addition to any raw vegetable platter. The 10" heads do not require blanching. For a surprise, dress raw or cooked Graffiti with vinaigrette and watch it turn a bright magenta pink. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Green, OP
Four-pack. This Italian heirloom, Verde di Macerata, forms beautiful light green heads with no blanching needed. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Romanesco, OP
Four-pack. Light green heads with incredible swirls that form amazing fractal shapes. Sweet nut-like taste. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Snow Crown, Hybrid
Four-pack. Early snowball type is pure white, round and flavorful, weighing up to 2 lbs. each. 18–24" tall. Plant 24–30" apart.
Mixed
Mixed four-pack of cauliflowers. A fun way to try different varieties! Plant 24–30" apart.

Chard

Bright Lights, OP
Gorgeous stems are red, yellow, gold, orange, white, pink, violet, and striped. Delicious and tender. Multicolored stems and leaves make a wonderful show. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
French White, OP
Thick green leaves are large and tender, on huge, white stalks that are very wide and delicious. Heavy yields because leaves are so large. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Golden Sunrise, OP
Beautiful thick golden stems and savoyed green leaves hold color well during cooking. Excellent flavor, never tough or bitter. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Peppermint Stick, OP
Beautiful chard with hot pink and white striped stems, delicious as well as ornamental. 18–24" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.

Herbs

Chives Fine Leaf, OP
Four-pack. Succulent leaves stay tender for delicate onion flavor year round. Perennial, full sun. 10" x 12"
Cilantro, OP
Four-pack. Fresh cilantro leaves have an intense and tangy flavor. Allow the seeds to develop for fresh coriander seeds. 10" tall. Plant 6–8" apart.
Parsley Italian Flat, OP
Four-pack. Prized variety for culinary use. 12" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.

Italian Greens

Chicory, heading Sugarloaf, OP
Green chicory looks like a romaine lettuce but has that distinctive and delicious sweet/bitter chicory flavor. 12–18" tall. Plant 12" apart.
Escarole Blonde Full Heart, OP
Beautiful pale green leaves become golden blonde when blanched. Delicious raw in salads or cooked. 8–12" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Frisée Curled Green Ruffec, OP
Large full heads with delicious finely cut, frilled leaves. Blanch heads tying outer leaves together 2 to 3 weeks before harvest. Holds well in garden, slow to bolt. 8–12" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Radicchio Orchidea Rossa, OP
Beautiful tennis–ball sized radicchio is crisp and delicious. Reliable header, resistant to disease. 8–12" tall. Plant 12" apart.
Rapini (Broccoli Raab), OP
Plentiful shoots have a delicate slightly bitter/spicy/peppery flavor. 12–18" tall. Plant 6–10" apart.

Kale

Dazzling Blue, OP
This striking kale features blue-green savoyed leaves with dramatic pink midribs. Upright growth. New from Wild Garden Seed. 24–30" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Lacinato, OP
Heirloom Italian variety is a gorgeous, striking plant with delicious dark blue-green leaves. 24–36" tall. Plant 18–24" apart.
Premier Blend, OP
You'll get a beautiful variety of colors, textures, sizes and flavors with this special five kale blend (Dwarf Blue Curled, Improved Dwarf Siberian, Lacinato, Premier, and Red Russian). 24–30" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Red Russian, OP
Tasty and ornamental kale with red veins will prolifically produce sweet, tender young leaves all winter long. 24–30" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Tronchuda Beira, Hybrid
Portuguese variety. Paddle-shaped, deep green leaves with mild, rich flavor. 24–30" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Tuscan Baby Leaf, OP
More tender texture and sweeter flavor than mature kale leaves makes this wonderful for salads. Plant close together and harvest when just 4–5" tall, leaving crown to regrow for multiple harvests.
Wild Garden Frills, OP
Mix of mild and delicious Siberian heirloom kales Wild Red and Green Russian. Blue-green frilled leaves with red or white veins. Plant 18–24" apart.

Mustard

Red Giant, OP
Four-pack. Beautiful mustard, both ornamental and tasty. Harvest young leaves for salads or larger leaves to cook. Striking in a border. 8–24" tall. Plant 4–6" or 12–18" apart.
Ruby Streaks, OP
Four-pack. Stunningly beautiful mustard, with feathery, ruby red leaves. Delicious in salads and stir-fries. A perfect ornamental edible. 6–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Spicy Green, Hybrid
Four-pack. New variety from Japan developed for a tangy, hot flavor like wasabi. Pick small for mild, delicate flavor or large for robust, spicy flavor. 8–24" tall. Plant 4–6" or 12–18" apart.

Onion Family

Leek Carentan, OP
Four-pack. Long, thick leek grows strong and vigorously, with a delicate and delicious flavor. Up to 2 inches across. An old European heirloom variety. 18–24" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Onion Early Red Burger, OP
Four-pack. Improved version of Stockton Early Red. Deep red, flat, and sweet. 10–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Onion Sierra Blanca, Hybrid
Four-pack. Sweet and mild Spanish white onion with thick rings, stores well for 2–3 months. Day neutral. 10–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Onion Torpedo Rossa Lunga di Firenze, OP
Four-pack. These purple-red torpedo-shaped onions are an Italian heirloom with a rich, mild, sweet flavor. Intermediate day. 10–12" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Scallion Delicious Duo, Hybrid
Four-pack. Blend of Red Robin and Green Feast scallions. Great color, heat tolerant, disease resistant. 10–12" tall. Plant 1–2" apart.

Other Vegetables

Artichoke Violetto Precoce, OP
3.5-inch pot. Mid-early violet purple artichoke with medium-sized, thorn-free globes. Tight, thick leaves are deliciously meaty yet tender. Very traditional Italian variety. Perennial, full sun. Cut to ground level after spring production. 3–5' x 2–3'
Collards Georgia Southern, OP
Harvest delicious outer leaves for a constant supply. Cabbage/kale flavor. 24–36" tall. Plant 12–18" apart.
Cress, Upland, OP
Very dark green rosettes of watercress-like leaves, high in vitamin C and phytonutrients. Great in salads or cooked. 6–10" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Fennel Di Parma, OP
Superior bulbing fennel, large and uniform, with great flavor. Flowers attract beneficials and swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on the feathery greens. 24–36" tall. Plant 10–12" apart.
Kohlrabi Duo, Hybrid
The white flesh inside these alien looking vegetables is deliciuosly sweet and juicy. Can be eaten raw or cooked. Mix of green Kongo and purple Kohlibri varieties. 8–10" tall. Plant 4–6" apart.
Rutabaga Laurentian, OP
Classic purple-shouldered rutabaga with pale yellow flesh. Smooth, round roots have excellent flavor and texture. 15–18" tall. Plant 12" apart.
Turnip Golden Globe, OP
Large, fine-fleshed turnip with sweet, pale golden flesh. Tasty raw or cooked. 8–12" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.

Peas

Little Marvel (shelling), OP
Heavy yields of fine-flavored peas on vigorous plants. Heirloom variety. Best on a short trellis. 3–4' tall. Plant 4" apart.
Tall Telephone (shelling), OP
Large pods of delicious peas on tall vines. Heirloom variety. Needs a trellis. 6' tall. Plant 4" apart.
Mammoth Melting Sugar (snow pea), OP
Heirloom variety with sweet 4–5" long flat pods are borne on vigorous vines. 4–5' tall. Plant 3–4" apart.
Super Sugar Snap, OP
Vigorous vines yield heavy crop of delicious, edible-podded sugar snap peas. Healthy and mildew resistant. Thick, juicy pods are great raw or cooked. 5–6' tall. Plant 3–4" apart.

Salad Greens

Arugula Italian, OP
Delicious salad greens with deep, spicy flavor. Will resow if allowed to go to seed. Flowers are edible too. 8–10" tall. Plant 3–6" apart.
Lettuce, Blushed Butter Cos, OP
Tender, semi-romaine type with a buttery texture, green leaves blushed with red. 5–7" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Lettuce, Buttercrunch, OP
Loose butterheads with sweet, crisp, thick, delicious leaves. 5–7" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Lettuce, Cardinale, OP
Thick, crisp and succulent dark red leaves on extremely heat resistant crispheads. Beautiful and tasty. 6–8" tall. Plant 10–12" apart.
Lettuce, Cimarron, OP
Red romaine heads, tall, crisp, and delicious, slow to bolt. Heirloom French variety. 5–7" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Lettuce, Flame, OP
Distinctly red looseleaf lettuce, slow bolting. Taste test winner in our red lettuce trial. 12–14" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Lettuce, Gourmet Baby Mixed, OP
Delicious blend of gourmet lettuces. Plant closely (2–4") for cut and come again harvesting or space apart 8–10" for heads.
Lettuce, Little Gem, OP
Miniature green romaine with sweet, blanched heart, a gourmet treat. 4–6" tall. Plant 6–8" apart.
Lettuce, Queen of Crunch, OP
Crunchy, juicy green leaves can be harvested individually or as the entire head. Heat tolerant and sturdy, this crisphead lettuce is beautiful in the garden. 6–8" tall. Plant 10–12" apart.
Lettuce, Rhapsody, OP
Large emerald green butterhead, delicious and slow to bolt. 6–8" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Lettuce, Tom Thumb, OP
Miniature green butterheads are just 3–4" across, perfect for individual salads. Heirloom from the 1850's. 4–5" tall. Plant 6" apart.
Lettuce, Valentine Mesclun, OP
Gorgeous mix of red lettuces for dramatic and delicious salads. Plant closely (2–4") for cut and come again harvesting or space apart 8–10" for heads.
Lettuce, Yugoslavian Red, OP
Tender red butterheads are beautiful and flavorful. 6–8" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Mâche Big Seeded, OP
Gourmet European salad green. Small, low-growing rosettes of delicate, tender leaves, nutty flavor. Pick individual leaves or harvest entire head. 4–6" tall, plant 4–6" apart.

Spinach

Oriental Giant, Hybrid
Giant arrowhead-shaped leaves are sweet and crisp, on long stems held high off the ground. Vigorous plants will produce all winter long. 18–24" tall. Plant 8–10" apart.
Regiment, Hybrid
Tender deep green leaves with sweet, nutty flavor, on high-yielding plants. 10–12" tall. Plant 6–8" apart.

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