I decided that conditions were right, so tonight we transplanted the asian cabbage and pak choi into garden bed number four. Before transplanting, I spread lime in the garden bed and raked it into the area where the cabbages would grow. I did this because I’ve read in Bob Thomson’s book (see my Resources page) that lime reduces the chance that cabbages will get a disease known as clubroot. Calcium also helps to prevent blossom-end rot in the tomatoes that I expect to plant in this bed next year.
The cabbages were planted in peat pots on February 24th.
If the top of the peat pot is above ground, it can act as a wick and dry out the soil. I also worry that the plant’s roots won’t be able to easily grow through the pots. That’s why I remove the top part of the peat pots and pinch holes in the sides before planting them in the garden.
We planted two seeds in each pot and all but one seed germinated. After the cabbages have begun to grow in the garden, I’ll remove one of each pair.
After transplanting them, I watered the seedlings with soluble fertilizer. You can see the tops of the peat pots that we removed scattered around in the photo below. I spread some slug bait in the bed after the photo was taken.
To protect the newly transplanted cabbage seedlings, I decided to cover this raised bed with some garden fabric. It will reduce the effect of harsh sun, hard rain, and large temperature swings by partially covering the bed. Moisture and air can go through the fabric. It would also block bugs, but the fabric I am using is old and has some holes in it. I support the fabric on several pieces of semi-rigid black plastic pipe that have the ends cut at an angle so that they are easy to push into the soil.
The fabric is held down with some stones and old pieces of landscaping timbers.