Transplanting your seedlings
Transplant seedlings after 3-4 weeks. Transplant early in the morning (6-10 am) or late in the afternoon (4-6pm)
The day before you transplant, take the shade off the nursery bed and reduce watering. This is called hardening. It gives the seedlings a chance to get used to the strong sunshine.
Step 1Dig planting holes 2 feet (60cm) by 2 feet (60cm) apart for cabbages
Step 2Put 5 g (bottle top cap) of planting fertilizer like MAVUNO VEGETABLES N.P.K 20.10.18 or MAVUNO PLANTING N.P.K 10.26.10 in each hole. You need 50 kg per acre.
Step 3Add a handful of well rotten manure per hole and mix fertilizer, manure and soil well
Step 4Plant a seedling in each hole and firm the base.
Step 6Drench soil with a mixture of 10ml MIDA & 20ml PEARL in 20lt water.This will help stop early pests and diseases.
Weed your field 2-3 weeks after transplanting. Weed with care using a jembe to avoid damage to the roots. Weeds compete for nutrients with your crop and also hide pests which carry diseases.
After weeding, top-dress with a Nitrogen fertilizer. This will encourage formation of more leaves. Apply fertilizers like Mavuno Topdressing N.P.K 26.0.0 or CAN. You need 50kg per acre.
Based on what is lacking in your soil and various crop demands, you may need to apply foliar feed for a bigger harvest. The type of foliar feed to use depends on the stage of the crop and what the crop needs. For example:
Easygro Starter (N.P.K 18:20:21 + T.E): Well balanced foliar feed with high phosphorous and potassium contents hence enables seedlings develop strong rooting system.
Easygro Vegetative (N.P.K 27:10:16 + T.E): Fertilizer with high Nitrogen is recommended during the vegetative phase. Spray after every harvest at an interval 2 weeks.