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Transplanting Brassicas

May 10th, 2017

This year I’m trying to keep better track of how long things need under the grow lights. Brassicas are one of those things that germinates and grows very quickly, that means they are very efficient when it comes to grow light usage. Since they can take cold temperatures, they can be put outside very early on, sometimes they never need grow light space. These brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, and brussels sprouts), were ready in four weeks.

In fact, I could have transplanted them a week or two ago but I didn’t have the fence up around the garden (and those wild turkeys LOVE brassica seedlings). I’m hoping to build myself a cold frame this summer, which will allow me to not have to put any brassicas under the grow lights. I’m always looking to maximize the light real estate I have, any plants that can take the cold are moved to make way for tomatoes and flowers, which aren’t able to take any amount of frost.

What are you transplanting this week?

3 Comments to “Transplanting Brassicas”
  1. Joan on May 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I transplanted onions and lettuce last week… Maybe this week I will purchase some broccoli seedlings and get them in for an early crop. I usually just plant brassicas as seed in the ground, but it’s nice to get a head start sometimes!

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  2. Misti on May 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

    I need to sow some things directly, probably more beans and cowpeas—which I need to see if I have any cowpeas!

    No transplants now, we’re prepping for full on summer heat down here.

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  3. Laura on May 10, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Wow, those are big brassica seedlings for only a month. Mine never get that large that fast and I’m always missing “seed 6 weeks before planting” dates. I’ve been wondering what I’m doing wrong.

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