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How to Grow and Care for Kohlrabi: A Beginner’s Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow and Care for Kohlrabi

What is Kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi is a unique and easy-to-grow vegetable that is part of the cabbage family. It has a mild flavor similar to broccoli or turnip and is a good source of dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin C, and iron.

How to Grow Kohlrabi

  • When to Plant: Plant kohlrabi in spring or summer. You can start seeds indoors in late winter or sow them directly outdoors when the soil has warmed up.
  • Where to Plant: Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
  • How to Plant: Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep and 12 inches apart. Thin seedlings to 1 foot apart.

How to Care for Kohlrabi

  • Watering: Water kohlrabi regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Fertilizing: Fertilize kohlrabi every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Pest and Disease Control: Protect kohlrabi from pests and diseases by using insect netting and crop rotation.

Harvesting Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is ready to harvest when the stems are between 2 and 3 inches in diameter. Cut the stems at the base of the plant. Kohlrabi can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tips for Growing Kohlrabi

  • For an early harvest, start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
  • To prevent bolting (going to seed), keep kohlrabi well-watered.
  • If you notice any pests or diseases, treat them promptly to prevent damage to your plants.

Enjoy Growing and Eating Kohlrabi!

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