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 …

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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 …

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Control Cabbage Worms Organically

cabbage worm damage on cabbage

Did you have beautiful cabbage plants yesterday? Did you come out to your lovely organic garden this morning to this… Cabbage worms can do damage to the entire cruciferous (cabbage) family of plants but definitely prefer cabbage and cauliflower; also Alyssum and Nasturtium in the flower garden. They frequently damage turnips, kale, collards, radishes, and …

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The Magic of Leafy Greens

kale leaves

How much of my food can I grow in a small garden area? This is the question I receive most frequently from residents interested in starting vegetable gardens. Like all things in life, the answer is: it depends. In this case, it depends on the size of the garden, the amount of sun, and what …

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History of Cabbage and Kale or Coles

varieties of cabbages

Cabbage and kale are among the hardiest and most nutritious vegetables a home gardener can grow with ease. Both are handsome in the garden, with colors ranging from pale green through dark battleship blue, to deep reddish purple. Flavors range from mild to strong, and both lend themselves to dishes both raw and cooked. The …

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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 …

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How to Grow Cabbage & Kale

Learn How to Grow Cabbage and Kale If you’d like to learn how to grow cabbage and kale then you need to understand that they both prefer cool weather and can withstand light frosts. They grow best in full sun in rich (mix plenty of organic matter, such as compost, humus, well rotted manure, or …

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