Still January

Today I went outside to find the slightest whiff of spring in the air… or was it just wishful thinking? After checking with the online weather report, I realize it is probably wishful thinking and that peas will not be in the ground quite as early as I had at first hoped. It is going … Read more

Fall Cabbage Worms

Cabbage butterflies herald the spring, but their caterpillars, hatching from hundreds of eggs laid during a single spring day, are among the most terrible of pests. They attack cruciferous plants from the Brassicaceae family – cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, bok choy, nasturtium and others. The most successful control is prevention. When you spot these lovely … Read more

How to Grow Broccoli

If you have a vegetable garden, do yourself a favor and learn how to grow broccoli (Brassica oleracea) because growing broccoli is not hard to grow at all! Broccoli is closely related to Cabbage, Kale, Cauliflower, and Brussels Sprouts and, like these other members of the Brassica genus, requires a fertile soil with good moisture-holding … Read more

Cruciferous Vegetables for the Winter Garden

kale is a member of the cruciferous genus

Dig in now – with cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower transplants – and a healthy harvest of these cancer-preventing vegetables will be ready to serve within two or three months. It is not too late to plant broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, even in September in most places. These vegetables will survive most winters and then be … Read more