Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Successes and disappointment with cool season crops

So, today I decided to remove my row cover and do some weeding around my intensively planted cool season crops.  Well, there were lots of seedlings of dead nettle and chick weed to be removed, lots of successes and some failure.

This bed was planted around April 5 and hit by that last cold blast we had in early April.  The most noticeable impact was on some of my broccoli plants which made little growth because of the cold and were forming small so-called "button heads" of broccoli which are about an inch and a half in diameter.

Most of the rest of the broccoli and cauliflower is growing, but because of the cold weather, I don't expect a great harvest.  I did start some late transplants which went into the ground last Saturday.  It will be a race to see if the hot weather gets to them before they produce nice heads.  Most years my Packman broccoli and Snow Crown cauliflower are very productive in the spring, but it looks as though fall may work out better this year.

The cabbage and lettuce are going great guns and I'll be eating lots of salads this spring.  The lettuces are red sails and buttercrunch.
Kohlrabi, pak choi and tatsoi are also doing well and the cold doesn't seen to have affected them.



A word on the intensive planting.  All of these crops are located in a bed which is 4 feet wide by 30 feet long.  The cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are planted on three foot centers (box) with a plant in the center.  Lettuce is planted between the broccoli, etc.  Pak choi, kohlrabi and tatsoi are planted on 8 inch center.

Food not used by my family will be donate to a local food bank or my local shelter for their kitchen.  If you have extra vegetables you are not going to use, you can find your local food bank at this link.

Happy gardening. 

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