The vegetable garden is giving us more and more of a harvest and I thought I’d pass along a few tips that will help you increase the yield of your basic crops.
Five Cabbages From A Single Plant
When you harvest cabbages, cut them away from the stem.
This gives you a nice clean head of cabbage and it leaves the roots intact and still growing and producing energy. If you rip it out of the ground or twist it off, then these roots are disturbed.
We want those roots to keep growing because we’re going to go for a second crop of cabbage.
Yes, you can easily get a few more cabbages from the same plant if you use a knife to harvest the main head.
- After the head is cut off, make two cuts across the remaining stump.
- The cuts will be in the shape of a cross and leave four equal quadrants of the stump.
- The cut should be approximately one to two cm deep (1/2 inch) but don’t obsess over this – close counts.
By making four equal quadrants, you’re going to find the cabbage will scab over the original cut pretty quickly and then if you keep watering the plants, you’re going to find four baby cabbages growing; one on each quadrant.
They won’t get as large as the main cabbage was but with a bit of luck, a bit of fish emulsion to boost growth and plant energy, you’ll get another crop of small cabbages for yet another salad.
How To Get More Broccoli From A Single Plant
Do almost the same thing with your broccoli. After you harvest that main head with a knife to leave the roots intact, the side shoots (every place there’s a leaf up and down the stem) will develop into smaller heads.
You’ll get as much or more broccoli from these smaller heads as you will from the larger central one. You still have to give the plant a boost in fertilizer to get a ton of these and you still have to pick the green cabbage worms that abound at this time of year but you’ll get a lot of green heads off one plant if you’re careful.