How to Grow Cabbage

Category: 

Vegetable, Leafy Greens

Planting Time:

Mid Spring, late Spring or late Summer

Harvest Time:

Summer, Winter or Spring depending on when sown

Difficulty:

Easy

Planting & Care Instructions:

    Firm down soil by shuffling your feet over the top of the bed (cabbage roots like firm soil)
    Form drills in the soil about half an inch / 2cm deep and about 6 inches apart
    Sow the seeds thinly down each row
    Cover over with compost, pat down and water
    Keep the soil moist with regular sowing
    Thin out the seedlings once they emerge so they are spaced roughly 18 inches apart
    Seeds can be sowed into pots or cell trays indoors first and transplanted into a soil bed outdoors once 3-4 true leaves appear
    If transplanting from indoors, generously water the seedlings once they are in the ground to help settle the soil
    To protect from pests, cover cabbages in netting during the summer months
    Harvest with a sharp knife if taking whole cabbage heads, or tear off leaves from spring cabbages as and when needed
    Keep well watered during harvest season to avoid the cabbage head splitting and going to seed