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Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea (Gongylodes Group))   Edit Report inappropriate crop

This strangely alien vegetable is rarely seen in supermarkets but common in vegetable boxes and on allotmentors' tables. This is probably because it is so quick and easy to grow. However, while it is delicious mashed with butter, not everyone is convinced by its mixture of cabbage and turnip flavours.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavydislike
pH6.0 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Sow indoors

sow indoors sow indoors

Sow seed under cover, 2cm deep, three or four seeds to a module or pot, thinning to the strongest. Harden off before planting out in April.


plant plant

Between plants: 20cm
Between rows: 30cm

Plant out before seedlings are 5cm high to reduce the risk of bolting under cloches if there is still a risk of frost. Keep well-watered to avoid bolting, pull off yellowing leaves and side foliage to maintain a smooth, rounded shape.


harvest harvest

Harvest when globes are between 4 and 7cm in diameter, before they become woody.


Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 20cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow three seeds per station, 2cm deep every 3 weeks. Thin to the strongest plant when large enough to handle. Keep well-watered to avoid bolting, pull off yellowing leaves and side foliage to maintain a smooth, rounded shape.


harvest harvest

Harvest when globes are between 4 and 7cm in diameter, before they become woody.


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