Cabbage

You can grow cabbage right after winter ends - so get ready !
Common name : Cabbage
Scientific name : Brassica oleracera spp.
Family : Brassicaceae
Category : Veggies
Type of plant : Biennial
Edible
Edible
Cabbage, or headed cabbage is a biennial that enjoy the sun in cool, deep, moist and rich soil, in a mild and humid climate. Sow either in February under shelter or in March-April in open ground, to harvest two months later.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 60 - 80
pH 6 - 7

Identify my cabbage

Headed cabbage is a biennial herb. The leaves are thick, ribbed, bluish-green, smooth or curly depending on the variety, and measure about 20 cm. The red cabbage has purple leaves, and is called Brassica oleracea. The cabbage of Milan, savoy cabbage, or kale -Brassica oleracea var. sabauda L. - has crumpled or embossed leaves, which makes it particularly resistant to cold!

Dibble my cabbage

Transplant your cabbages sown under cover when they carry at least 3-4 true leaves, in open soil, in a loose, fresh, moist, rich soil, in partial shade, from February to August. If the soil has not been properly amended beforehand, put some compost at the bottom of the hole during planting. Plant every 50 cm, possibly soak roots / root ball in mud to prevent drying out. Water copiously each plant.

Sow my cabbage

Cauliflowers can be sown in rows starting in May or June. Plant in open soil, where the earth is deep, cool, sandy and not fully exposed to the sun. Water after sowing. You may seed starting at the end of March/beginning of April under a greenhouse tent or cold frame for an early harvest. Quick note! Cauliflower seeds are rather small... Mix them with a bit of sand to help sow them more evenly.

Plant my cabbage

Plant your cabbages when they carry at least 3-4 true leaves, in open soil, in a loose, fresh, moist, rich soil, in partial shade, from February to August. If the soil has not been properly amended beforehand, put some compost at the bottom of the hole during planting. Plant every 50 cm, possibly soak roots / root ball in mud to prevent drying out. Water copiously each plant.

Mulch my cabbage

Cabbages fear drought: mulch them a week after transplanting or planting. During the first week, water a lot, for a better recovery!

Water my cabbage

Watering this plant is necessary right after sowing or transplanting, and in case of drought. Water in a fine mist after sowing. Avoid to spray the leaves if you can.

Reap my cabbage

Depending on the variety, your cabbage will take 2 to 7 months to mature. Collect them when the heart is well formed.

Remove my cabbage

After the harvest, tear off the cabbage roots to make room for other crops.

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