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All About Kohlrabi

CAN I GROW KOHLRABI?


Kohlrabi prefers rich, well-drained soil in full sun. You can plant this cool-season crop for a spring or fall harvest in the North, or for a winter harvest in the South.

For a spring crop plant the seeds outside after danger of a hard frost: sow in midsummer for a fall crop, or in fall for a winter crop.  Space rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin the seedlings to 4 inches apart when they are large enough to handle. You can also grow kohlrabi in containers.
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PLANT HISTORY


This relative of kale and cabbage has a flavor similar to turnips. It is grown for its bulblike stem, which grows above the ground.
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HARVEST TIPS


Kohlrabi is best when the bulbs are about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Harvest the foliage when it is young and tender.
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RECIPES & STORAGE


Try eating the stems fresh, like an apple. They can also be shredded as salad greens, sauteed, stir-fried, boiled, or steamed and served with a sauce as a side dish. The tops are edible; use them as salad greens or cook them as a substitute for spinach.
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  • Preparing the garden in the spring often means waiting until the beds dry before the soil can be worked. This can steal a week or two (or more!) from the start of the planting season. If the soil is prepared in the fall, however, you can get a jump on spring crops.
    After clearing the garden of debris in the fall, till the soil to break up the surface of the beds. Blanket the soil with a thick layer of compost and/or shredded leaves. In the spring, rake off any leaves that haven’t decomposed and discover a fertile, friable soil ready for planting!