March 17th is the planting date (in Zone 7a) for Broccoli, Collards, Kale, Red and Green Cabbage, Spinach, Orach, and Cauliflower.
With the exception of the Orach, all of these plants will need some sort of protection from Cabbage Worm, especially if you’ve planted Brassicas in your yard in previous years.
My favorite way to keep the cabbage worms off the plants in my spring garden are to place netting around the plants. I’m also experimenting by interplanting with tansy, which has an offensive smell to cabbage moth…I will let you know how that turns out 🙂
Below you’ll find some pictures and a description of the varieties we’re carrying this year. When you know what you want, send us a message either through the website form at the bottom of this page, through FB (www.facebook.com/thegreatfullgarden) or give me a good old fashioned phone call at 856-455-2294.
Umpqua Broccoli is a standard type Broccoli which has done well in my garden in South Jersey year after year. Seed sourced from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Easy to grow and delicious. My favorite way to use collards is as a wrap for your favorite sandwich fillings. They are also useable as completely compostable, renewable plates! Just place your meal on them and when you’re done…eat it!
This is our favorite kale. Originally marketed as a loose-leaf cabbage, this kale is easy to grow and even the kids love its mild taste.
This slow growing green isn’t just green! Often used as a substitute for spinach, which tends to bolt at the first whisper of warm weather, Orach grows to 3 feet tall, withstands frost and doesn’t bolt even in the summer heat.
Giant Noble Spinach
Spinach is a hardy plant for winter and is perfect for unpredictable late winter weather. Keep it moist by adding sufficient mulch to your garden and that will also help protect against it bolting with the first warm spring days.
Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
A favorite, old heiroom cabbage. It’s an early variety that is ready about 65 days after transplant.
Red Rock Mammoth Cabbage
Another favorite cabbage with deep red leaves and small core. Good for fresh eating and for coleslaw.
Purple of Sicily Cauliflower
Look at these bright purple heads! This variety is delicious and beautiful. If purple isn’t your thing then you can keep it white by making sure the leaves don’t open and expose the head to sunlight. But I say let it turn purple!
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And please keep in mind that these plants are by NO MEANS the only plants for an Early Spring Garden. These are just the ones I’ve spent the winter months tending to. If you like snow peas, radishes, carrots and beets too, get in touch and we can talk about making an early spring garden happen for you. 🙂