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Cabbage

Approaches to growing:

Broccoli (sprouting) (Brassica oleracea Italica Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Tall, with white, green or purple florets, sprouting broccoli is the easiest of the group to grow and much hardier than calabrese. It occupies the ground for a long time but provides very welcome, tender spears for up to six weeks in Spring (which can be a very busy, but fairly sparse time, on the allotment) on a cut and come-again basis. If you choose the right varieties, it will see you through from mid-January until May.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyprefer
pH6.5 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropdislike
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Seed

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills in a well-prepared seed-bed. Thin to 8cm apart and protect from birds.


plant plant

Between plants: 60cm
Between rows: 60cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Use proprietory or home-made cabbage collars to protect against cabbage root fly.


harvest harvest

Pick every few days to encourage more shoots and never allow it to flower.


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