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Cabbage (Brassica oleracea Capitata Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

It is perfectly possible to have delicious, healthy home-grown cabbage on the table all year round by choosing from among the bewildering variety of shapes and colours now available.

Ensure roots never dry out during the summer and do not over-feed cabbages which you want to survive frosts as lush, sappy growth is less hardy.

However, competition for your crop from caterpillars, birds, aphids and more is fierce, especially with the later varieties.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyprefer
pH6.5 - 8.0
Manure
Previous cropprefer
Previous autumnok
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadeok
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openprefer
Shelteredprefer

Spring

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow 2cm deep in drills. Thin to 8cm apart.


plant plant

Between plants: 30cm
Between rows: 25cm

Transplant to a firm soil which was manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Earth up stems for support.


harvest harvest

Use thinnings as spring greens. Cut off near ground then cut a 2cm deep cross in the stump to encourage a second flush of smaller cabbages.


Summer

sow under cloches sow under cloches

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

For an early crop, sow thinly under cloches, 2cm deep, then thin to 8cm apart.


sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow thinly, 2cm deep, then thin to 8cm apart.


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 45cm

Transplant to a firm soil, manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting.


harvest harvest

Cut close to ground then make a 2cm deep cross in stump to encorage a second flush of smaller cabbages.


Winter

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 8cm
Between rows: 15cm

Sow thinly, 2cm deep, then thin to 8cm apart.


plant plant

Between plants: 45cm
Between rows: 45cm

Transplant to a firm soil, manured for the previous crop and cultivated several months prior to planting. Earth up stem for support.


harvest harvest

Cut close to ground.


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White fly (dan - 17:00 26/01/2015) Report inappropriate tip
If you have a liquidiser blend three garlic cloves up with some warm water. pour into spray bottle spray effected plants.
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