Sunday, January 22, 2012

Napa Cabbage ( How To Grow )

               Hello! and welcome back here today on Garden The Easy Way, this is Ken and Marilou.  

               Today Marilou and I would like to talk about our favorite eating cabbage, and we think if you have ever ate, or if you give it a try it will be your favorite eating cabbage too. We are talking about Napa Cabbage, it is so very delicious.  

               Most of us here in the United states, we just know this delicious cabbage as Napa Cabbage, but the real name is Chinese Napa Cabbage. But after you eat it, you too will say " oh so delicious!! ".

               There are so many very good recipes out there on how to cook Napa Cabbage. My wife Marilou tomorrow will share with you all one of our favorite home made recipes on cooking Chinese Napa Cabbage.

               Some good news too is Chinese Napa Cabbage will grow just about anywhere, as long as you plant early 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost, Chinese Napa Cabbage must be grow in cool weather. Here are some things you will need to keep in mind when planting Chinese Napa Cabbage.

1. Sow seeds 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, so you can harvest before the temperature go above 75 degrees.

2. Plant in full sun, or if it get hot early in your area, plant in a part shaded area. Your Napa Cabbage must stay cool, when growing.

3. Use your garden tiller or your shovel, work the soil well down to 8 to 10 inches, add 2 inches of aged cow or horse manure, or 3 inches of compost mix well once again, pick up all the rocks, roots and grass.  

4. Take your garden rake and mound your rows. It is best if you plant 2 rows even if they are short rows, you can use your garden rake or garden hoe to mound the soil, make your 12 inches apart.

5. Plant your seed 4 inches apart down the center of the mound in your garden row. Plant your seed only 1/2 inch deep. After planting, water well but only light shower so you will not uncover your seeds.

6. After your plants come up 3 to 4 inches, keep the healthiest plants and thin to 12 to 15 inches apart.

7. Water often, the soil must stay moist. If soil dry, out your plants could die or just go to seed.  

8. Day to Harvest: 50 to 85 days, use a sharp knife to cut the Chinese Napa Cabbage heads at the ground level.

                                 ( Enjoy Your Delicious Chinese Napa Cabbage )  

               Well that's it for today, we hope to talk here again tomorrow on Garden The Easy Way. Until then, this is Ken & Marilou wishing you all Happy Gardening Always.