How To Grow Cabbage

How To Grow Cabbage

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Ashley Poskin
Jul 1, 2015
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Cabbage: incredibly nutritious, low in calories, a fantastic source of vitamins C and K, and delicious any way you cook it! A must-have for the kitchen garden, cabbage is an adaptive green that pairs well with almost any meal. And if at harvest time you find you've grown more cabbage than you can possibly consume, make sauerkraut!

Cabbage is a cool weather plant and can withstand frost, but not heat. Plant your seedlings outdoors when they are 3"-4" tall, 3-4 weeks before the last frost in the springtime, or in the early fall once the temperatures are cool, 70 days before the weather turns cold. Cabbage is a favorite snack of bunnies and other little critters, so you should think about putting up a 2' wire fence barrier to keep them away from your food.

What You Need

Materials

  • Cabbage seedlings
  • Popsicle sticks or garden labels
  • Compost

Tools

  • Garden tools
  • Watering can

Instructions

  1. Prepare your soil. Pick a spot that receives full-sun and allows for good drainage. Clear out all weeds and vegetation, till the soil, and mix in 2"-3" of compost or other organic matter.
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2. Place seedlings in the ground 18"-24" apart, spacing the rows 24"-36" apart. Mound the soil around the neck of the seedling up to the lowest leaves.

3. Label your newly-planted crop; corks, bamboo skewers and popsicle sticks are great options!

4. Regularly water cabbage, making sure not to overwater. If you start to see your cabbage crack, it might be from overwatering or extreme temperatures.

5. Once the heads are firm and 4"-10" in diameter, harvest the cabbage by removing the head but leaving the leaves attached to the stem for a possible second head to harvest.

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Harvest time:

  • Green cabbage: 60-85 days
  • Savoy cabbage: 80-85 days
  • Red cabbage: 70-80 days
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