It’s at this time of the growing season that one of my most favourite vegetables, Kohl Rabi are starting to mature in the Polytunnel. Kohl Rabi are so easy to grow, and are usually ready to harvest just 6 weeks from first planting the seeds, so if you haven’t grown them before I’d urge you to have a go.
We grow our Kohl Rabi both inside the poly and in open ground, usually in rows about a foot (30cm) apart. The preparation is the same for both, but we do have to protect the young plants outside from the chickens, and the pigeons who are very partial to fresh Kohl Rabi leaves!
Growing Kohl Rabi
I start the seeds off in a 3inch pot, and then when they’re large enough to handle I plant them on into seed trays. When the plants are about 4 inches,I plant them out into a well prepared bed.
I find the secret to good Kohl Rabi is regular watering, and just as the bulbs are starting to swell add layer of compost mulch, which will help reduce the amount of watering in the height of summer.
Pick your Kohl Rabi when they are about the size of the palm of your hand, when they are at their most tastiest.
When it comes to cooking Kohl Rabi I remove the root, the leaves, peal them and cutting them into bite size pieces, before adding them into Stews and Mince. One tasty alternative is to cook them off and mash them in with a few fresh cooked carrots, a knob of butter and a little grated nutmeg. It makes a wonderful sweet mash, that goes with pretty much anything.
General update from Blackbirds
We’re almost at the end of July and so much has happened in the garden this year. The wildlife pond and stream are looking good and we’re attracting all manner of birds to drink and bathe in the stream. So far we’ve seen Blackbirds, Robins, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Woodpeckers, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Sparrows, Pigeons, a male Pheasant, Wrens, and not forgetting the Bats, which have returned, I’m pleased to say, since we put up a bat box in the Walnut tree back in the Spring.
I’m so pleased we decided to have a wildlife pond, as it’s a constant source of fascination for all the family.
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