Celebrating Ten Hours of Day Time — 2018
We like the occasional bowl of coleslaw, we like wraps and fish tacos with cabbage; but honestly, we do not eat a lot of cabbage at the The Toy Box Urban Farm. However, when we do eat cabbage, it is because we grew it ourselves.
This spring, I’m only starting 7 soil-blocks of cabbage. Three of red and four of green (or golden) “Acres” cabbage. These are small cabbage heads that do well in the spring.
Plant 2 seeds per cell. Check for sprouts in six to ten days. If both of your seeds in a soil block sprout, you will need to force yourself to clip or pinch one of them off. (I feel your pain).
A few words about soil blocks. We have a recipe for making soil blocks (it came with the soil block tool). It is a healthy mixture of garden soil, sifted compost, peat moss, sand, bone meal (there is a vegan option), worm castings, rock phosphate, garden lime and I forget what else. We mix it up in fall, put it into a large tub with a lid, where it is ready to scoop into a wash tub, add water and make soil blocks. The tool makes neat rows of blocks that fit into a flat. If using a smaller container, like I am, they hold together well enough gently pick up and set into the container you choose.
In a nut shell (or maybe a soil block) Plant Cabbage:
- Make soil blocks, place in chosen container.
- Plant 2 seeds in each soil-block (thin to one)
- Cover with vermiculite.
- Label and cover container or pot.
- Expect germination in 6 to 10 days.
That’s it for now. Will you be planting spring cabbage from seed?
Still freezing cold in the PNW. In my Toy Box green house it was 86 degrees inside. Outside it was 36 degrees. That is 50 degrees warmer from radiant heat. At night the candle lantern keeps the temperature at about the 40 degree mark while it is below freezing outside. The hard part is determining how long the candle will burn and replacing it on time.
Today (2/19/18) in Everett, Washington 37/22 and blue-sky sunny! Sunrise was at 7:09 AM. Ten hours and 29 minutes later it will set at 5:38. Get out and look at the moon tonight, it is breath taking!
Debs… still wearing wool socks and a bunch of sweaters (one of those is wool)