Well it’s March 9th, 2015 and our broccoli that was germinated is now 2 inches in height in their grow cells to be transplanted for an early start in April in our designated garden vessels.
Other early spring plants and hardy vegetables to consider are cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, leeks, lettuce and onions as an example to plant when the ground is worked and you have added your solid organic fertilizer.
Lunar Cycles and Biodynamics
Something to think about is observing the lunar cycles or biodynamics. The moon can influence growing conditions from it’s light and gravitorial force affecting plant growth.
The waxing moon (1st quarter) increases light and the sap flow is drawn up.
The waning moon (last quarter) reduces light and the sap flow is drawn down. This is a good time for applying solid fertilizers.
We will harvest the balance of our kale this week, still enjoying produce from our garden in the middle of March.
Techniques for Planting Kale
Kale and other members of the brassica family are nitrogen hungry plants, so we will apply some of our aged horse manure that contains plenty of plant nutrients and a good source of organic matter, providing well needed nitrogen that the soil is thirsty for. As well, we will be looking at other factors of our gardens soil such as good drainage, texture and ph levels of acidic or alkaline levels.
PH Levels in your Soil
The correct PH level controls how well plants utilize the nutrients available in your soil. Soil PH simply indicates active acidity or alkalinity expressed in units from 1 – 14, 7 being neutral.
A ph of 7.0 is neutral (neither acidic or alkaline) so higher readings are alkaline, and lower readings are acidic.
It’s interesting to note that members of the brassica family such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower prefers a ph level of 6.5 – 7.5 compared to kale and brussel sprouts that prefer 6.0 – 7.0.
Remember a healthy plant not only needs healthy seed varieties but healthy soil.