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    Posted on March 15th, 2013 Pam No comments
    Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage can be planted now.  Especially if they are planted in a cold frame or greenhouse.   If they are planted now, they can be trans-planted earlier in the spring.  These members from the ‘brassica’ family love cool weather, so the earlier they are planted, the better.  If they are planted now, they should be large enough to trans-plant the end of April.

    I plant the seeds in flats filled with potting soil.  I use flat inserts that have 32 individual 2” containers.  It is best to plant 2-3 seeds per container, when doing this, a better crop is guaranteed. When the plants are about 2” tall, I choose the strongest and healthiest plant in each 2” container and PINCH out the extra plants.  If I pull out the extra plants, the roots of the strongest plant are disturbed.

    I have tried these types of ‘brassicas’ and I recommend the list below.
    Broccoli:  Packman
    Cabbage:  Copenhagen Market (green), Golden Acre, (early green),  Red Express, (red).
    Cauliflower:  Jade, Early Snowball.  (the Jade cauliflower is green and very, very good.
    Also, it is not too early to plant Kale, Swiss Chard or Spinach.

    If you fall behind this schedule, it is not too late to catch up!!

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready
    Apr. 19th Week 16 Plant salad greens, radishes, cress, peas

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