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Cabbage

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Swede (Brassica napus Napobrassica Group)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

This easy to grow crop is superior in taste (milder and sweeter) hardiness and yield to their close relative the turnip, the only problem is that you have to wait until the autumn to get your hands on them. Just make sure you leave a few to accompany your haggis on Burn's night.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightprefer
Loamyprefer
Heavydislike
pH6.8 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropdislike
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Summer

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 25cm
Between rows: 38cm

Sow seed thinly 2cm deep, protecting earlier sowings with fleece or cloches. Thin first to 7.5cm when large enough to handle and to final spacings when leaves begin to touch. Water little and often during dry spells to avoid splitting and/or bolting.


harvest harvest

Although you harvest when immature in late summer, it's worth hanging on until October. They can then either be lifted and stored like potatoes or left in the ground (in milder areas) for use when needed - just beware of a hard frost making it impossible.


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