But the real stars this week have been our cabbage. They have started forming a head and I'm hoping will be ready to pick soon.
Here's some tips for growing cabbage:
- Planting times for our area are Jan. 15- Feb. 28th and Sept. 15th - Nov. 7th
- Plant 18" apart - cabbage can get pretty big
- Unless you're planning on canning the cabbage for, say, sauerkraut (yum) or plan on freezing it (yuck) you should think about succession planting. Start early in your planting time, for us that would be in September, and then plant a few every two weeks. That way you can harvest the large heads and have smaller ones still growing.
- You can either direct sow the seeds or start in packs and transplant.
- Plant with lots of compost and top dress mid season.
- Cabbage likes cool weather so when it starts to warm up (upper 80's) it will get bitter
- For the most part cabbage is pretty easy to grow. Try not to get compost or dirt down into the head. Water the dirt - without splashing- not the plant.
- Caterpillars do like cabbage and you can us bt to get rid of them. bt won't hurt people or plants or any other insect, just caterpillars.
Harvesting and Storing:
- Harvest any time after the head has formed.
- Store in a cold cellar
- In mild climates, like ours, you can just leave them growing in the ground all winter.
This post is linked to Barn Hop. and Tuesday Garden Party