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How to Grow Cabbage

I super love cabbage, it’s so delicious.

Growing up I only had it boiled and it was fairly off putting in flavor and texture. As an adult I learned to cook it in a way that I just LOVE. The recipe is coming next week, so stay tuned. My kids tear this cabbage up! It’s so funny to imagine what you think kids will like, but if you have a good attitude about it, they will surprise you. Click here to see how I get my kids to eat healthy food.

Growing and using cabbages

Cabbage is a cool season crop that can be grown in fall or spring.

It’s about time to be starting your plants indoors for this fall’s season in most places. So I want to talk about how to grow it. Cabbage is a Cole crop or cruciferous vegetable. It’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and kale. The procedure for growing all of these plants is very similar so use these instructions for all of them.

Cole crops can be grown from seed or started indoors and planted as a seedling, but the times seeds need to be germinated can be tricky where I live.

Seeds should be started around February or August for the corresponding seasons but in February, it’s too cold for seeds to germinate here and in August it’s way too hot. Because of this, it’s best to start your seeds indoors if your climate is like mine. Cole crop seeds like soil temperatures around 80 degrees.

Cole crop seeds take 3-10 days to germinate and 4-6 weeks to grow into a healthy seedling. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you will need supplemental lighting for your cabbage seedlings such as a grow light. Once the seedlings are ready, plant your cabbage plants in the evening so they will have a chance to settle in before the harsh sun shines on them. Make sure to water them well to close up any air pockets that might be around the soil.

Cabbage, growing and using

Cabbage plants will form a big flower like leaf pattern and in the center, a head will begin to form. As the head gets bigger it will get fuller and firmer until it’s ready to eat. You can choose whenever you’d like to harvest the head, but the longer you leave it, the more cabbage you will get.

Cut the head out of the center of the flower shaped structure and leave the plant.

Many times you will get multiple smaller heads of cabbage on the second round of cabbage growth. It’s so fun to make your season last longer and get more from your harvest.

It takes several months for the plant to produce a head of cabbage. It’s one of the most beautiful plants in the garden to me. I look at the plants like big gorgeous flowers, meant to delight me. THEY really do!

harvesting cabbage with kids

Watch my next post for my Heavenly Cabbage recipe.

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How to Grow Cabbage

Garden Glory-Brussels Sprouts

This week my little sprouts and I harvested over 48 pounds of produce from our garden, including Brussels sprouts.  That puts us up over 500 pounds total for this season.  Is that amazing or what?  Last year in our small garden, we harvest over 650 pounds of food, but over 250 pounds of it was pears from our pear tree that did not produce this year.  All of our fruit trees were blooming when we got a deep hard freeze this year and none of them produced fruit.  In addition, our pear tree is fighting a severe case of fire blight, so we’re not sure if it will ever make fruit again.  We are going to prune it severely this winter and see if it can make a come back.  We been enjoying delicious pears from that tree for 15 years, and they were missed this year.  Needless to say, we are enjoying quite a bit of produce anyway.

I have been intrigued by how much of what we have grown, but I think in the future I will just weigh it all and not each type of food because it’s very time consuming.  It will be fun to see the totals at the end of the season anyway.

This is Monday's harvest.  Everything but the okra is slowing down, but we are still getting a lot.

This is Monday’s harvest. Everything but the okra is slowing down, but we are still getting a lot.

This week we picked 3 1/2 pounds of okra, 8 1/2 pounds of cantaloupe, 28 pounds of tomatoes, 4 pounds of Brussels sprouts, and some cucumbers, hot peppers, tomatillos, and cabbage.    We also got a couple of green beans and a handful of dry bean pods.

Thursday's harvest we a little less organized.  Still delicious and beautiful though.

Thursday’s harvest we a little less organized. Still delicious and beautiful though.

We went ahead and harvested the remaining Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, and cabbage today.  I figured if they haven’t made any size increase by now they aren’t going to and we need room for our new crop of those things, so we got all that were left.

Some of the kids never tire of picking.  Zealous for gardening.  :)

Some of the kids never tire of picking. Zealous for gardening. 🙂

kids harvesting cabbage

harvesting brussels sprouts

harvesting brussels sprouts with kids

After harvest time we spent some time picking sprouts off the stalks and building up our fine motor skills.

picking brussel sprouts with kids

brussels sprouts picking with kids

kids harvesting brussel sprouts

What’s happening in your garden this week?  I hope even if you don’t grow, you at least got to taste a homegrown tomato or something this week.  There is not much better.

Starting a Fall Garden in the Sweltering Heat of Oklahoma

For the past two years I have attempted to start a fall garden near this time of the summer. Here in Oklahoma, the temperatures are over 100 most days in August, so getting any seeds to germinate is tough to do. You can germinate them inside, but then you have to keep them under a light. The light heats up the house even more, so it’s annoying to use in the summer.

Gardening with kids

This year, me and my Little Sprouts were super lucky because we had a few cold spells in the summer. It actually got down in the 50’s at night for a few days. These temperatures are unheard of here. In my lifetime, I’ve never seen that. I have been looking ahead at the forecast and watching the temperatures. We were able to put in plantings during two different cold spells and get some things to germinate outside. One of them even came with some rain. What a blessing! We planted seeds outside for carrots, lettuce, peas, green beans, and parsnips.

Here are a few tips for fall plantings: Mulch very well to keep moisture in the soil and roots cooler on these dog days of summer. Gardens need more water when it’s so extremely hot, so here, even though we usually water once a week, we have been watering 2-3 times per week to keep the plants from drying out. In addition, plant seedlings and seeds underneath larger mature plants that will be dying out soon from the heat. This gives your tender vittles a little shade to stay cooler as they sprout. Most of our summer plants are starting to die back or will be soon, so we planted ours among them to give our seedlings some protection as they start.

Kids planting seeds

We also planted seeds in flats inside. They have not done very well, but we planted cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi. I found a few seedlings online for kohlrabi and broccoli so I ordered those and we planted them in the garden. This past weekend I visited an organic nursery in Tulsa and got some cabbage, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabi, chard, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. I also got a few plants of dill since ours has died off for some reason.

Kid's gardening

The Oklahoma State University website has information on what can be grown in the fall in Oklahoma. You can check it out here: http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-1114/HLA-6009web.pdf

Here are the planting times they list for each kind of plant:

Beans, Bush Aug 10-20 Seed

Beans, Cowpea July 15-Aug 1 Seed

Beans, Pole July 15-30 Seed

Beans, Lima Aug 10-20 Seed

Cilantro July 15-Aug 1 Seed

Corn, Sweet July 15 Seed

Cucumber Aug 10-20 Seed or Plants

Eggplant July 15 Plants

Pepper July 15 Plants

Pumpkin July 15-30 Seed or Plants

Summer Squash July 15-Sept 1 Seed or Plants

Winter Squash July 15-30 Seed or Plants

Tomatillo July 15 Plants

Tomatoes July 1-15 Plants

Beet Aug 1-15 Seed

Broccoli July 15-Aug 15 Plants

Brussels Sprouts July 15-Aug 15 Plants

Cabbage Aug 1-25 Plants

Chinese Cabbage Aug 1-25 Seed or Plants

Carrots July 15-Aug 15 Seed

Cauliflower Aug 1-25 Plants

Collards Aug 1-Sept 1 Seed or Plants

Garlic Sept 1-Oct 15 Bulbs (cloves)

Kale Sept 1 Plants

Kohlrabi Sept 1 Plants

Leaf Lettuce Aug 1-15 Seed or Plants

Leek Sept 1 Seed or Plants

Onions Sept 1 Seed, Sets, or Plants

Peas, green Aug 15-Sept 1 Seed

Rutabaga Aug 15-Sept 15 Seed

Spinach Sept 5-25 Seed

Swiss Chard Aug 1-Sept 15 Seed

Turnip Aug 1-Sept 15 Seed

As you can see there is still time to plant quite a few things for a fall garden. I have been helping the kids plant seeds all summer long. It doesn’t hurt to try it any time and seeds are not that expensive, so we have been doing a lot of experimenting around here.

What have you been up to in your garden?

Garden Glory- Tomatoes….

This week was a success in the garden. We harvested a lot of tomatoes. Tomatoes are so tasty and so versatile. They can be used cooked or raw and can be made into a ton of different things. Tomatoes are a real gem in the garden bounty. What else did the Little Sprouts pick this week? Here’s a peek at our 23 pounds of veggies. kids harvesting veggies gardening with kids Kids gardening

If you have thought about gardening with kids, but don’t know where to start, click here to watch a video about the basics. It’s not as hard as you think and the benefits of getting in the dirt are overwhelming. The garden can teach math, science, reading, and so many other things. Get outside and turn your kids into botanists, entomologists, or whatever your heart can dream up!