Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is serving up some scrumptious garden fun for the fifth year in a row in the Edible Garden.
The Edible Garden features an array of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. All plants are grown from seed, and every plant in the garden has at least one edible part. It is an exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home. The Como gardening staff hopes that the exhibit will give visitors an appreciation for how easy it is to grow a large variety of plants in Minnesota.
In 2013, Edible Garden staff harvested 972.5 lbs. of produce that has gone to the Saint Paul Recreation Centers for various cooking classes and summer programs and 231.2 lbs that has gone to Como Zoo animals. Como is hoping to exceed last year’s harvest which totaled 1518 lbs. Some of the more interesting plants grown in the garden this year are purple cauliflower, ‘Small Wonder’ spaghetti squash, luffa gourds, Chinese cabbage and 8 different varieties of cucumbers.
The Edible Garden is funded by the Legacy Amendment.