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How to Grow Cabbage

How to Grow Cabbage

CabbageCabbages come in a range of shapes, sizes, colours and have a range of uses in the kitchen. For a long time the cabbage took a back seat to other Brassicas like Broccoli and cauliflower but now, it is making resurgence with vegetable gardeners old and new.
 

Varieties:

  • Round head types or drumhead
  • Savoy – crinkly leafed typed
  • Asian Cabbage
  • Red Cabbage
  • Dwarf Cabbages – small round head types

When, where and how to plant:
Soil needs to be well dug over prior to planting with a good general fertilizer added. Plant in full sun, note that Asian cabbage will grow in a semi shady area. Don’t use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen, as it will prevent the cabbages from hearting.
Rotate where you plant cabbages each year with different vegetables. Sow seed in late spring or plant out seedlings once the ground temperatures warm after winter. A second sowing or planting in autumn will produce a late winter/spring crop

Growing Guide
Keep well watered through the dry periods, trying not to water the centre of the cabbage as this may cause the cabbage to split. Cabbage can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks to form. Once planted protect cabbages from slugs, snails with slug and snail bait. White butterflies with Derris Dust and aphids with an insect spray.

Harvest:
Harvest once head has formed or are at the desired size. Cabbages will hold once ready in the cooled months.

How to use:
Coleslaw and salads are popular uses. Cabbage is an excellent vegetable choice for stir-fries and Asian recipes.

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