2 to 11
0.75 to 2.00 feet
0.75 to 2.00 feet
|Cruciferous vegetables are various cultivars and species in the Brassicaceae family. The more familiar varieties include bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and mustard greens.
Almost all brassicas prefer cool weather and make great spring and fall vegetables. Those that are grown in the spring are often started indoors or in a green house. Fall crops are often planted in the ground during late summer.
Brassicas tend to be very frost hardy. Home gardeners in the middle and southern climate zones of the US can often grow their crucifers well into or even through winter.
Although most brassicas can be plagued by a wide range of pests and diseases, growing in colder temperatures helps to alleviate some of this pressure.
Because the cruciferous family of vegetables are susceptible to the same diseases and pests, it’s best to make sure that you rotate the location of all cruciferous vegetables in your garden each year. In other words, don’t plant a cruciferous vegetable where a cruciferous vegetable was planted last year. This will help to protect them from diseases and pests that can overwinter in the soil.
Brassicas are one of the most dominant food crops in the world and the most important crop of cool weather crops. They are high in sulfur content, often giving them a characteristic pungent flavour.
All Brassica crops do well in a mostly sunny location and can tolerate some small amount of shade. They should be planted in fertile non-acidic well-drained soil and grow best at temperatures between 40°-75°F.
Prepare the bed at least a month in advance by digging in a generous amount of manure or compost and removing obstacles.
|2021||Fall||Cabbage, Bonnie’s Best|
|2021||Fall||Cabbage, Early Jersey Wakefield|
|2021||Fall||Turnips, Purple Top|
|2021||Fall||Radish, Crimson Giant|
|Information on this page is from Missouri Botanical Gardens,
Dave’s Garden, All things Plants, Texas Superstar or Aggie Horticulture
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