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How to Grow Kohlrabi

Date Posted: June 23, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Grow Kohlrabi
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Kohlrabi is an unusual looking vegetable from the cabbage family that is easy to grow in most growing zones. This annual can be grown in a wide range of locations from raised beds to containers, and just about anything else in between. Loaded with plenty of flavor as well as healthy vitamins and minerals, Kohlrabi is a root crop vegetable that you should strongly consider adding to your garden lineup.

Starting Your Kohlrabi

As with most vegetables in my garden, I like to start kohlrabi from seed. It’s cost efficient this way, and honestly, my local nursery simply does not carry any established plants, which is quite surprising, since they carry so many other things.

Soil for Your Kohlrabi

It all begins with the soil. Because kohlrabi is a root vegetable, your soil needs to be friable which makes it easier for the kohlrabi root to grow. Kohlrabi is a nutrient hog, so go heavy on the compost.

Kohlrabi Seeds

As you can see in the video below, kohlrabi seeds are fairly small. Therefore when direct sowing, make sure you plant the kohlrabi seeds no deeper than a quarter inch, and go ahead and plant those seeds a week or two prior to the last frost in your area. Sow your kohlrabi seeds every couple of weeks thereafter if you’d like to have a continuous supply of kohlrabi throughout your gardening season.

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How to Grow Kohlrabi

Caring for Your Kohlrabi Plants

Caring for your kohlrabi plants is very easy once you have established quality soil. The only thing you need to do at this point is to keep the soil moist but not saturated and feed your kohlrabi plants a good fertilizer such as fish emulsion every 2 to 3 weeks.

Harvesting Your Kohlrabi

Your kohlrabi can be harvested once the bulb reaches more than two inches in diameter. Unlike many other root vegetables, you can see the kohlrabi bulb since half of it will more than likely be sticking out of the ground. Don’t let it get too large as the flavor won’t be as sweet.

How to Grow Kohlrabi

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Preparing Your Kohlrabi

You can eat kohlrabi in a variety of ways including raw, but if you want to taste a treat, try this recipe for Roasted Kohlrabi that is out of this world. I also like to cut some up and add it to a salad to spicen up the greens which can get bland at times.

How to Grow Kohlrabi

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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