Chinese cabbage

 It’s quite tasty, crisp and juicy. Use it in salads, sandwiches, steamed, boiled, or stir-fried. It’s almost a lettuce, but sturdier and tastier. It tolerates hot weather well, and grow it as you would any other cabbage. You can spring-plant, and get a wonderfully tasty and beautiful crop, but plants maturing in the quiet days of fall seem to do especially well.

Sow seeds inside under grow lights 4-5 weeks before last frost, or direct-seed after that time. Flea beetles are a common pest. Cabbageworms don’t seem to bother these plants, in my experience.

You can store them at near-freezing temperatures and high humidity in a root cellar, wrapped in newspaper. But who does that anymore? Be advised, your host here is a dinosaur.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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