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Prefer kohlrabi - so you can harvest the tasty vegetables in early summer

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Whether in soups, as a side dish or in a salad - kohlrabi refines almost every dish with its nutty taste. Best of all, you can start harvesting in early summer.

Kohlrabi is great to eat. Kohlrabi is a typical German vegetable because we eat a lot and only very little in other countries. The vegetable plant is so healthy. And on top of that, it's also very tasty. With the sweet, nutty note, the vegetables go well with fish and meat. It also refines soups and stews.

And best of all: kohlrabi is easy to grow. He is e.g. by a short growth period of eight to twelve weeks after planting. If you prefer your kohlrabi from February, you can start harvesting in early summer. You just have to be careful when growing the seedlings, and that will work.

How to properly pull out the kohlrabi

Step 1 - sow kohlrabi:

The right time to sow kohlrabi is mid-February. To do this, put some growing soil in small pots that are four to five centimeters in diameter. Then sprinkle some kohlrabi seeds in the pot and put another thin layer of soil on top. Press the soil lightly and moisten the seeds with the help of a spray bottle.

Now all you have to do is cover the pots with a transparent film and put them in a sunny place, for example on a windowsill. Make sure that the ambient temperature is not too high and not too low. 15 to 16 degrees are ideal. Also keep the seeds and the seedlings visible after ten days to two weeks permanently moist without completely soaking the soil. With the spray bottle, this works without any problems.

Step 2 - prick kohlrabi:

After about four weeks, at least two more leaves should be visible in addition to the two cotyledons. Now the time has come to prick the kohlrabi, i.e. separate the seedlings and plant them separately again. Proceed as follows:

  1. Gently pull the seedlings out of the earth with a stick.
  2. Sort out sickly looking plants.
  3. Shorten the roots a little to encourage more growth.
  4. Lower the roots of each seedling into the hole in the soil of the plant pot.
  5. Press the earth lightly.
  6. Make sure that the leaves are not on the ground.

Tip:

If you have a greenhouse in the garden, you can also grow the kohlrabis there. Kohlrabi can also be preferred in the cold frame. Recommended reading: Plant vegetables in the greenhouse - crop rotation is important.

Step 3 - plant kohlrabi outdoors:

Now give the young kohlrabi plants some time to develop in a protected environment. At the end of April the time has come to put your kohlrabi in the bed. If you have a sandy soil in the garden, it is advisable to enrich the soil with compost. Maintain a row spacing of 30 centimeters and a plant spacing within the row of 25 centimeters.

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