Kohlrabi

A cabbage relative with a crunchy texture and mild flavor of a cabbage heart. Great in stems. One packet = 1 g. = 225 seeds. 1 oz. = 5500-9000 seeds. CULTURE: Start transplants 8-10 weeks before last frost; keep temperature 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-8 weeks. Direct seed 1/4" deep, 3-4 seeds per foot. Rows 18" to 30" apart. Thin plants to 18" for early varieties and 24" apart for late varieties. Deep bed spacing 15" apart, 10" for early small varieties. GERMINATION: 3-10 days. SOIL: Rich, slightly acid pH 6.0-6.8. COMPANION PLANT: Aromatic herbs, potatoes, celery, beets, onions. NOT strawberries, tomatoes, pole beans. PESTS: BLACK ROT, BACTERIAL BLIGHT: Control through crop rotation, avoid tillage when soil is wet: buy hot water treated seed. FLEA BEETLE: Control with ashes, tillage and pyrethrum. CABBAGE LOOPER: Control with B.T. ROOT FLY/MAGGOT: Use row covers or tarpaper collars to deter flies, use beneficial nematodes OR diatomaceous earth for maggots.

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