How to Grow Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a unique and versatile vegetable that�s easy to grow and great for a variety of dishes. Here�s how to cultivate kohlrabi using organic methods.

Materials Needed

  • Kohlrabi seeds or transplants
  • Rich, well-draining soil
  • Compost
  • Watering can or hose

Choosing Varieties

Kohlrabi comes in several varieties:

  • Early White Vienna: Light green skin, tender flesh.
  • Purple Vienna: Purple skin, crisp texture.
  • Kossak: Large, storage variety.

Soil Preparation

Kohlrabi prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.5:

  1. Loosen the Soil: Till to a depth of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm).
  2. Add Compost: Mix in 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) of compost.

Planting Kohlrabi

Sow seeds directly in the garden or use transplants:

  1. Spacing: Plant seeds 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) deep, 6 inches (15 cm) apart.
  2. Rows: Space rows 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart.

Watering and Mulching

Maintain consistent moisture:

  • Watering: Water regularly, especially during dry periods.
  • Mulching: Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.

Organic Fertilizing

Kohlrabi benefits from regular feeding:

  • Use compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer every 2-3 weeks.

Harvesting Kohlrabi

Harvest kohlrabi when bulbs are 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) in diameter:

  • Method: Cut bulbs from the base of the stem.

Storing Kohlrabi

Store kohlrabi properly to maintain freshness:

  • In the Fridge: Store bulbs in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer. Use within 2 weeks.
  • In a Cool, Dry Place: Store bulbs in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months.

Growing Tips

  • Sow seeds every few weeks for a continuous harvest.
  • Use row covers to protect against pests.

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