Whatâ€™s somewhat turnip-like, somewhat cabbage-like and noted for its apple-like texture? You guessed it: kohlrabi. This unusual-looking brassica is remarkably hardy, but plants are cold-sensitive, bolting with even brief exposures to freezing temps. Popular as a winter storage crop, kohlrabi is found in red, white and king-sized varieties.
Kohlrabi is easy to grow in a variety of climates. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil and is tolerant of cool temperatures. Succession-plant kohlrabi because it produces in only a short window of time. If you continue to replant over a period of several weeks, youâ€™ll be able to eat kohlrabi for the entire summer.
Kohlrabi can be started indoors or out. It can even be started outdoors weeks before your average last-frost date. Sow seeds 3 to 6 inches apart, 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, with 12 inches between rows.
About the Author: Samantha Johnson is the author of several books, including a forthcoming book on gardening for children. She raises purebred Welsh Mountain Ponies in northern Wisconsin.