It didn’t rain here at all last week and our ground finally dried out enough to till a some more garden beds. We’re still going to be piling on the compost and begin moving in a no till direction. But this will help us not have to use so much compost this year. We were also able to plant some tomatoes and squash.
- 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
Problems and Pests:
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.
What to do with cabbage
Cabbage is pretty versatile and can be cooked in soups, such as this potato cabbage soup, or stuffed and rolled into cabbage rolls. It cacn also be eaten raw in cole slaw. My family doesn’t care much for cole slaw but I really like it. There are two main types of cole slaw, mayonnaise cole slaw and no-mayo cole slaw. But you can also make a slaw with pomegranate in it – which sounds amazing. One of the best ways to preserve cabbage for the year is to make sauerkraut, it’s super easy and really good for you.
If you have other tips for growing cabbage, feel free to leave them in the comments.