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Growing Cabbages Is One Of The Basic Every Garden Should Have Them Vegetables

Growing Cabbages

This well known, easy to grow member of the brassicaceae family is a very hardy vegetable with many different varieties. Plant and head sizes can vary greatly between the different varieties, the head shape can be round, flat or elongated, the leaves can be smooth or curly with different shades of green and purple.

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The most common cabbages grown in the home garden are green with smooth leaves.

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Different shades of purple cabbages can give the garden a touch of color.

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Curly leaf cabbages are usually called savory cabbage, they taste much the same as the common old garden variety.

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The caterpillars really love these growing cabbages so they must taste pretty good, interesting observation some purple cabbages growing in the same garden bed 2 feet away were bug free.



Quick Reference Guide


Veggie Garden Dairy
Vegetable Cabbage
Also Known As Head Cabbage
Botanical Family - Brassicaceae, Species - Brassica oleracea , Cultivar group - Capitata Group
Plant Type Cool season - biennial - leafy vegetable
Frost Tolerance Hardy
Planting Position Sunny position but welcomes shade in the hottest part of the season - requiring a minimum of 3-4 hours of direct sunlight daily
Seed Viability 4 years
Germination 5-8 days at 40-80 F (4-27 C)
Growing Temp 50-70 F (10-21 C)
Seed to Transplant 5 - 7 weeks
Planting Method Direct sow or Seedling transplants
When to Plant Spring and again in mid-summer for fall-winter harvest
Time to Plant As soon as 2 - 4 weeks before the average date of the last 32 F (0 C) freeze in the spring in your area but not before soil temperatures are consistently 40° F (4° C) and above.
Seed Sowing Direct sowing cabbage seeds - 1/2 inch (12 mm) deep - 4 inches (10 cm) apart in rows 24-30 inches (60-75 cm) apart
Plant Spacing Transplant or thin seedlings 12-18 inches (30-45 cm) apart in rows 24-30 inches (60-75 cm) apart or stagger plants 18 inches (45 cm) apart in each direction, for a grid.
Soil Conditions Well drained - High organic matter - Medium fertility
Fertilizer Medium fertilizer needs, 3-4 quarts per 100 sq feet (3.3-4.4 liters per 9.3 square meters) preplanting of All-Purpose 5-5-5 Organic Fertilizer , same rate for each side dressing.
When to Fertilize 2 weeks before sowing or transplanting - when transplanting use liquid starter fertilizer - side-dress every 3-4 weeks – last side-dressing as the heads begin to show
Days to Harvest 60-90 days - depending on conditions and variety
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