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FALL GARDENING — PLANTING CABBAGE, RUTABAGAS, PURPLE CAULIFLOWER AND MORE!


Who would have ever thought that 85 degrees could feel so good. Even though it’s still a little warm out here. We’re still gonna break a sweat today It beats the fire out of that 95 to 98 degrees stuff. We’ve been dealing with for the last Several weeks. So today we’re continuing along with our fall planting of cool weather crops here in the dream garden On a previous video if you didn’t see that go check it out We installed our drip tape on this plot here behind me Got everything hooked up showed how we set up all those fittings and all that good stuff and today We’ve got a lot of good transplants We’re ready to put in the ground If this is your first time visiting our channel, welcome go ahead and hit that subscribe button and hit that bell button down below So you get notified every time we come out with a new video if you’re a frequent viewer of our channel It’s always good to have you back. But before we plant some more cool weather crops today let’s take a look and see how our other plot of cool weather crops is doing the one we planted in the blazing heat and The one we had to put some overhead water on just to keep it cooled off until these temps broke. So here’s our plot of collards, kale, lacinato, or dinosaur kale, green magic broccoli, and cauliflower. There on the end white cauliflower, and I did have to overhead water these a ton I’m talking about three or four hours a day After I planted these guys just to keep them surviving along but they’re starting to grow now they’ve overcome their transplant shock and There starting to grow the leaves are getting bigger Plants are looking a lot better. We did lose a few in there, we’ll have to replace But considering what we were dealing with losing only a few plants. Hey, I’m super super happy With that looks like most everything Made it there these collards Looking really really nice really happy with how they’re going. Looks like those roots have Taken hold in the ground. They’re they’re starting to absorb some of that water and these things should start growing pretty fast so We didn’t lose a lot here and we’re happy with that. You never want to work as hard as we do to put in these Transplants and then lose them all I’ve heard of a lot of the big commercial farmers out here losing cabbage and broccoli hundreds of acres of them So fact that we were able to salvage these is always a good deal. Here’s the plot we’re planting today. We installed our drip on a previous video We’ve got the drip turned on You can see there those drip tubes are expanded those water spots are starting to appear there Every foot along that tape where those emitters are that’s where we’ll be putting our transplants so we’re just waiting a little bit for those water spots to become a little more prominent and then we’ll be able to stick our Transplants right on top of each one of those emitters. So while we’re waiting on those water spots to develop Let’s take a look at what we’re going to be planting today. So the first thing here we’ve got some Cheers cabbage So this is a green round cabbage and this is a hybrid variety that a lot of the commercial guys around here grow. It’s supposed to be really really nice make some really nice big heads. So we’re really excited about growing that we can see these transplants here Nice Got a nice little root ball there Ready to go in the ground. Now any time I mentioned something that the commercial guys grow Someone always ask is this GMO cabbage? Well, there’s no such thing as GMO cabbage So the answer to that would be No. And we’ve got some more cabbage here this is our Rio Grande Red cabbage. This is supposed to be one of the bigger red cabbages out there if not the biggest We planted the other half of this flat at my consultant farm, but I should have enough here for one row So we’re going to plant I think four rows or this whole flat of Cheers cabbage and Then probably get one row of this red Rio Grande cabbage and then here we’ve got some more kale This is a variety called Blue Knight so this is a more frilly leaved kale than say the dinosaur or Lacinato kale is and I like this type of kale Because the leaves are a little more tender so this stuff works really good in a salad it sautees down really fast. So if you want something a little more tender Go with this frilly leaf kale. This blue knight is a great variety and then fourth on the list here is Rutabagas now I have never grown Rutabagas before and it was something I really didn’t care for growing up But as I’ve gotten older my taste buds have matured more and I like stuff that I didn’t like when I was younger So I figured I’d give them a try. This is a variety called Laurentian Now I think a lot of people direct seed these things, but I figured I’d give it a try with the transplants We’ve got some good looking transplants here and I might even plant these guys on double rows So trying rutabagas for the first time, so that’s really exciting Can’t wait to see how they turn out and then lastly here we’ve got some more cauliflower. This is a purple cauliflower And these transplants have been growing a little while they’re nice and ready to go in the ground They probably could have went in the ground a couple of weeks ago But we’re just trying to hold off and wait till things cooled down a little bit So this is a variety called Graffiti. It makes a nice beautiful purple cauliflower head anytime you eat something in the garden with color to it like purple or Anything dark-colored like that it always is full of anthocyanins which are really good for you. So always try to eat lots of colors from the garden. One more thing on these rutabaga transplants here since I’m a rookie at this I Need you guys help. So when you plant rutabagas if you grow rutabagas out there, do you direct seed them? Do you transplant them like this? Do you plant them on double rows or do you give them plenty of space? I think we’re gonna try double rows today, but I’d love to hear from your rutabaga experts out there What’s the best way to plant them? You know, how long does it normally take them to grow out if you’ve got any tips and tricks on fertilizing them? I’d love to hear that and even if you’ve got some really good rutabaga recipes, please share those as well. Alright, so it looks like all my water spots are nice and prominent so I can see where to put my plants So we’re going to go ahead and plant these 11 rows here with all those transplants I just showed you we’re gonna put them right on top of those water spots on one foot spacing Shouldn’t take too long. We’re gonna go in there and drop those plants along the row Then we’ll scoot along there and put them down there by each emitter. See that water spot right there put that plant right on top up right there, leave that one there Don’t put in the ground yet put this one on that next water spot See the next water spot Yeah, okay. Let’s go to the next one Put that plant on that water spot you see it You’re on TV right now say hey, say hey to everybody say, Hey, tell them what your name is Abram, Abram. You gonna be on TV you gonna be a big YouTube superstar, you know that. Come on, let’s put these plants out. Awww, awww. You want to do what, I wanna show my head. You wanna show your head, Yeah. Mommy’s showing your head come on You worried. Nobody can see you Yeah. Watch out don’t step right there you’ll sink down, it’s wet. Come on, get over here. Right here, don’t step in the wet spots. Get dirt all in your toenails. Uhhh, there you go, you just did it didn’t you. So a lot of people have been asking me am I putting this transplant right on top of the drip tape or to the side Of it. So what I do is I feel around there find the tape. You can see the tape right there You see the water coming out of that emitter right there watch out buddy and You actually are putting it kind to the side of it So I make a little hole there to the side of that emitter and put it right in there cover it up And you’re good to go. Okay, why nobody can hear me? Alright, alright, alright so we got our second plot of cool weather crops planted in the dream garden all 11 rows there on a three foot row spacing. Now after I planted these guys I did turn the overhead sprinkler on for about 30 or 45 minutes just to cool everything off those plants You can tell were suffering a little bit from the heat even though it’s about 10 degrees cooler today That soil is still pretty dang hot And so there’s a lot of heat coming off that soil and those plants just can’t take it right when they’re being transplanted So we put that overhead sprinkler on them cool off those leaves cool off that soil a little bit. Get some Evaporative cooling going on and once they take root they’ll be just fine We can just use the drip from there own out I think the really hot temperatures are gone for a long time So, let’s see what we got here We’ve got four rows of this Cheers cabbage, which seems like a lot of cabbage But we’re planning on getting a couple of them. Nice stone fermenting crocks and making a good bit of sauerkraut this winter So all this cabbage will come in handy doing that. You see we’ve got some nice-looking cabbage transplants in the ground there Those babies ought to take off pretty soon as soon as they get over that little bit of transplant shock We go over here. We got our 1 row of red cabbage our Rio Grande Right there in the ground. You can see we’ve still got a good bit of Organic material from that Sorghum Sudangrass there that’s yet to break down, but that should only help the soil from here on out. Then these next two rows here. We’ve got our blue knight kale. You can see right there that kind of frilly leaf tender kale And then on the rutabagas I chickened out on the double rows. I just I just chickened out on it I wasn’t sure about it because I’ve never grown them before so I just went ahead and Just did a single row planting of those two rows of those and I don’t know which this is just going to be a Experiment. Like I said, I’ve never grown rutabagas before so we’ll see how they do from transplants It may turn out they do better with direct seeding really dense on a bed. We’ll just see but it’s not going to hurt to try and then lastly we’ve got our Purple cauliflower our Graffiti cauliflower transplants and these were probably the biggest transplants that I had They were planted first in those trays And they’re looking really good too. So like I told you on the last video with fall planting It’s just like eating an elephant, we just have to do it one bite at a time One plot at a time. We don’t expect to do it all in one day just can’t do it all in one day. So we Laid drip one day on the plot. We plant another day. We’ll eventually get it all knocked out. So we’ve got two plots out of the way And we’ve still got two more that we need to plant in this dream garden here so you can see behind me I’ve got two plots with tarps on them One of those had Sorghum Sudangrass that we crimped. One of these the one that’s closest to me here had Sunn Hemp that I also crimped. Both of those plots are ready to go I’ve just got to get in there put some compost down and get the soil ready to plant Get my drip tape laid and all that good stuff and one of those plots we’re going to do a lot of beets We like to transplant beets. So we’re going to transplant some beets in there some red beets and some gold beets will probably direct seed some radishes. I still got some Brussels sprouts, I’ve got to get in the ground. So we’ll have room for those in one of the plots and then the other plots we’re gonna plant or excuse me the other plot We’re going to plant in just carrots. So we’ve got a lot of new great varieties of carrots on the site and I want to be able to try them all so I’m probably gonna put those on a two and a half foot spacing or so really stack Rows of carrots in one of those plots and just have the whole thing Full of carrots. So those two plots will be next on our list probably doing the beets, the radishes, and Brussels sprouts first Waiting on the soil to cool down a little bit more before we do the carrots probably Middle to end of October and then in this plot right behind me here where I’ve got this nice patch of Sorghum Sudangrass I’ve already mowed this area one time and it grew back really nice and This is where I’m gonna put all my alliums: elephant garlic, onions all that good stuff Come November shallots too leeks. All those good alliums, we’re gonna stack in this plot here behind me So still a good bit of fall planting to go, but we’re well on our way If you’re growing cabbage this fall like we are let me know in the comments below What’s your favorite or your go-to cabbage variety is I’d love to hear it And if it’s a variety we can get we’ll be glad to add it to our lineup Also, let me know about the rutabagas. Like I said, I’m a rutabaga rookie this year. I don’t know anything about them This is my first time growing them. So let me know all your tips and tricks on growing nice big tasty rutabagas I’ll put some links below to all the seeds of The varieties that we planted in this video as always. I hope you guys enjoyed this one. We’ll see you next time.

40 Comments

  1. TheMachiningman Author

    A dibble stick that is the shape of the cells in the trays would be a handy tool, I'm going to make one and see how it works for transplanting

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  2. Travis Mattingly Author

    Was wondering what happened to yall lol … I just planted my stuff last night… its been so dry and hot I didn't want to plant anything in dust… my neighbor… rip used to always say that… I'm not planting in that powder… he was an old dairy farmer with about the best garden I ever saw

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  3. Andre Lyles Author

    If you want the rutabagas to get big, plant them about a foot apart. If you over crowd them, they won't produce a big root. Feed them plenty of phosphorus and nitrogen to get big greens and roots because you can eat the tops as well as they taste the same as turnips. A double row is OK as long as you space them 8"-10" apart.

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  4. Carol Avant Author

    Rutabagas are pretty easy to grow – just think of them as great, big turnips. I've always direct seeded, but then, you guys have me seed starting a lot of things now, so you'll be teaching me if they take well. You can boil and mash rutabags, like you do potatoes, add them to soups and stews, but I really like slicing them about French fry size, parboiling them, and then sauteing them in butter and bacon. The favorite cabbage down here is the Golden Acre, but remember, I don't have a lot of space to I'm growing medium size heads. I may try another southern type when I get that dumb shed down, though. I can tell you that the Golden Acre makes really nice sauerkraut – I make a big crock of it every year and it's awesome!

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  5. Deborah O'Neal Author

    I haven't used a drip tape or soaker hose for a long time because the water seems to want to come out at the beginning of the hose/tape and not make it down to the end. Is there a tape that doesn't do that?

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  6. Tom Mathews Author

    Looking good brother! Dang, I wish my knees would stand up to that treatment! I see you've got some quality help out there with you! Don't you just love how the tarps do their job and allow you the luxury of timing (that's a nice way to say procrastinating in my garden!) knowing that not a single weed is growing in there while those plots are waiting to be planted! They allow you to just put a plot "on hold" until ready.

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  7. john Author

    I direct sow the rutabagas. I double rowed them this year with the drip tape! I planted them thick for the greens! They are delicious! I will thin them later for bulb production.

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  8. John and Leigh S. Author

    It's nice to see someone has their Garden together.
    Very best use for rutabaga cuz I know of is Cornish pasties they can also be mixed 50/50 and mashed together with potatoes.
    I usually plant them like you do your carrots in double rows. Change seeds into the suros progressively thin to the final spaceing at 8in apart . Harvest at softball sizr or a little larger .
    I'm growing some point in his varieties Charles Wakefield, early Jersey Wakefield ,Fiddler's kraut, red kalibos, red ace ,and flat Dutch .

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  9. Sherry Tucker Author

    I set out my broccoli Saturday (10/12) and cabbage, collards, cauliflower, and kale yesterday (10/14). Don't know how it's going to play out, but I decided to use floating row cover for the 1st time to, hopefully, avoid cabbage worms (my garden looks like a mini high tunnel farm!) …we'll see! 🤞 Can't help you with the rutabaga…hate it, refuse to eat it, no reason to grow it…EVER. 🙂

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  10. FlowerGrower Smith Author

    I’m about to plant out a brassica bed and have to net the whole thing (spring here) otherwise every single plant would have a tiny egg on it courtesy of the cabbage white butterflies!! They’re my favourites, the mighty brassicas! Great video and glad things have cooled down a bit.

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  11. The Eltons Author

    Curious when your average first frost is? We are in 8b and planted cabbage and broccoli on the 20th of September. They arent faring very well due to the extreme heat in Sept, but if we would have waited any longer there is no way they would have matured before the first freeze which last year was November 13th. What gives?

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  12. Stacy Woodruff Author

    This is my first year growing brassicas of any sort here in Central TX, and I have quite a few different varieties going. I went through disease resistance lists to find the ones I wanted to try. Savoy – Melissa. Storage – Multikeeper. Red – Cairo. Chinese – Blues, Emiko. Broccoli – Belstar. Cauliflower – Graffiti, Flame Star. I have been happiest with Melissa, Blues, and Graffiti so far. Hopefully they all do ok in the long run. Link for disease resistance lists included: http://vegetablemdonline.ppath.cornell.edu/Tables/TableList.htm

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  13. Rebellion Point Farms Author

    make rutabaga relish, turnip relish…radish relish…You can transplant rutabagas-i have direct seed too. but usually if they do not germinate perfectly its ok because seems like i only needs a few of them. Soups and cole slaw is about the only rutabaga recipes i know. The do take a bit of room. but i think if they get crowded some they stay smaller and taste a bit sweeter.

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  14. Rebellion Point Farms Author

    i planted 2 varieties of Hoss shallots this year. I was happily surprised i needed more room for the amount of bulbs. between 2 varieties there were 277 bulbs. Thats awesome Beats walmart down like a bad habit. Thanks.!!

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  15. Rebellion Point Farms Author

    i have a field of huge grow bins and raised beds because we have dense wet clay. good nutrition but it will dry out from the heat and then turn to mush after a lot of rain. Do you think with enough cover cropping i could change that? And where to start?

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  16. Mark Prescott Author

    I would like to see you plant a combination of Tillage Radishes and Austrian Winter peas. Based on what I have read on you website, that seems to be a perfect combination of winter cover crop. Peas should add nitrogen, and the tillage radishes should pull up minerals and break up the soil. Love to hear your thought on this combination in a heavy clay soil. Love the channel, love your products. I saw where Mike Dickson reviewed the Wheel hoe and said it saved him a lot of time, and his wife Lacie seemed to very pleased with the Garden seeder.

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  17. 80krauser Author

    I planted turnips, rutabagas, and daikon radishes for the first time last week all direct seeded. Had the dadgum heat finally break and by morning expecting probably close to 4 inched of rain over past 36 hours or so. Checked this early afternoon and everything seemed to be coming up. Have to check the cabbage in the morning.

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  18. gary CURD Author

    Rutabagas ,some call them turnips over here we call them swedes ,I normally direct seed but this year I done the same as you plug plants , best thing I ever done cutting some of the best swedes I have grown .

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  19. Kubota Jordan Author

    Glad your taste buds have changed I love rutabagas. you can do them like mash potatoes thats how my dad fixed them . But I now like them in small chunks with some bacon grease for seasoning are just salt and pepper if you harvest them about the size of a soft ball they are easer to cut up. you can fix them like turnip greens and mix them together they are good that way to . Great video y'all have the best customer service & fastest shipping every!! To Jacksonville Fl next day if ups brings it you. THANK Y'ALL FOR DOING THESE VIDEOS Y'ALL ARE THE BEST BAR NUN !!!!

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  20. Robin Miller Author

    Roasted rutabaga… 425 degrees for 40ish minutes. 3 Tsp Olive oil (flavored with garlic, parsley, lemon best) add tsp vinegar and tsp honey toss …lay out on baking sheet or stone…sprinkle with parsley, salt and pepper (other herbs work well too as does lemon pepper). Roast some garlic cloves and carrots at the same time for added “yum”.

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