Welcome to my website which is about growing organic vegetable sustainably. My Garden Ecobeds use very little water and only homemade compost to maintain strong growth, and they produce lots of healthy nutritious organic food all year round. You can find out more about them on my page at http://jashxxxxxx.blogspot.com.au/p/wicking-beds-plus.html..............................................John Ashworth 27th November 2017.
Growing Mini Cabbage
Latest Update 27th August 2017.
grow mini Cabbages, because they don't dominate the Garden Ecobed as much as
the full sized varieties. They are very crisp and sweet when harvested
and are a great size for 2 people.
Most months I sow 4 seeds and
usually get a 100% germination rate in my EcoPropagator.
I grow them in a 1500mm row across an Ecobed (about a months supply).
harvest mini cabbages as needed in the kitchen, prepare the soil in
the space left by its removal and plant a replacement without delay.
These mini cabbages are surprisingly tasty and are very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals, and are a great source of dietary fibre.
To maximise nutritional benefit, they are best shredded and used fresh in homemade coleslaw or sauerkraut, but we also like them chopped and lightly steamed with salt, pepper and a few garden herbs.
Check out my blogpage
which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds. It describes
how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in
Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants
through their leaves.
Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Sow 4 Cabbage seeds in an EcoPropagator and once the seedlings are established and growing strongly, transplant them in their fibre pots into the prepared bed. This eliminates transplant shock and hardens them off naturally in the Ecobed's welcoming soil.
Clear a small space in the mulch for each pot and bury them up to their rimsat 375mm centres in a 1500mm long row. Water themin sparingly with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Harvesting and Storage.
Cabbages can be harvested all year round.
Cut the stalk at ground level when harvesting your cabbage. Leave the roots to decompose in the ground.
If you have a surplus of cabbage, try sauerkraut, stored in preserving jars. Here's how.
Organic Pest Control.
like most vegetables, are vulnerable to attack from certain pests in my
garden. My blog on "Controlling Garden Pests" explains a
little about these pests and what to do to protect plants from them. For details click on the appropriate link below.