Welcome to my website in which I show you how I grow great organic vegies in a water conserving raised garden bed with the help of a built in worm farm and pest exclusion devices. I also show you how I rotate these vegies in a 4 year 4 bed cycle. Check out my website 'Gardening with Ecobeds' which shows you how Ecobeds are made and how they grow food without using poisonous chemicals....................John Ashworth 27th July 2015.
Growing Mini Cabbage
Latest Update 11th July 2016.
grow mini Cabbages, because they don't dominate the Garden Ecobed as much as
the full sized varieties. They are very crisp and sweet when harvested
and are a great size for 2 people.
Most months I sow 5 seeds and
usually get a 100% germination rate in my Propagator.
I grow the best 3 in a 1500mm row across an Ecobed (about a months supply).
harvest mini cabbages as needed in the kitchen and prepare the soil in
the space left by its removal. This process takes a few weeks as the
soil is left to regain fertility.
from the few weeks lost regenerating soil in these gaps, the whole
Ecobed is kept occupied growing plants. I germinate more seeds than I
need, but rarely have prepared soil waiting for seedlings.
These mini cabbages are surprisingly tasty and are very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals, and are a great source of dietary fibre.
They are best shredded and used fresh in homemade coleslaw, or lightly steamed with salt, pepper and some garden herbs.
Binomial Name: Brassica oleracea.
Variety: Mini Cabbage.
Crop Rotation Group: Heavy Feeders.
Garden Bed Type: Garden Ecobed.
Plant Spacings: 500mm. (3 per row)
Recommended pH: 6.0 - 7.5.
Minimum sun per day: 4 hours.
Weeks to harvest: 18 weeks.
Good Companions: Beans, beetroot, sage, onion, nasturtium.
Climate: Warm temperate.
Geography: Southern hemisphere.
This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
good source of thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and
potassium, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin
K, vitamin B6, folate and manganese.
Cabbages should be protected against slugs and snails using self adhesive copper
tape bonded around the base of your Ecobeds.
these molluscs get into your Ecobed as eggs laid in your compost, kill
them with organically approved iron based snail pellets as soon as you
discover them. You should only need to use a small number of pellets.
The best deterrent for caterpillars is exclusion netting. My Ecobeds have built-in frames and attachments for easy mounting of exclusion netting.
If the butterfies get past your defences, spray the crop thoroughly with Bacillus thuringiensis (Dipel in Australia) This
natural soil dwelling bacterium once ingested by the caterpillars produces toxins which
paralyse the caterpillar's digestive sytem causing it to stop feeding.
It dies within a few days.
A 4 year crop rotation
plan is the best cure for root knot nematode. They do not prosper when
their host plant is removed to another bed, and after 4 years, their
effectiveness as a plant pathogen is substantially reduced.
applications of aerated compost tea boost the natural defences of
plants by colonising the leaf surfaces with beneficial microbes.
They defend the plant against airborne pests and diseases.
proper soil preparation including regular applications of home made
compost boosts the community of beneficial
microbes, which defend the plants roots against plant pathogens.
Exclusion netting stops birds digging up worms in your Ecobed, and takes the edge off hot sunshine with a 20% shade factor.