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All About Cabbage

CAN I GROW CABBAGE?

Cabbage is a cool season crop - sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last hard frost. You can direct sow a crop for fall harvest in mid-summer.
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PLANT HISTORY

Grown even in Roman times, the cabbage of today is more compact and tasty. It's a classic ingredient in many dishes such as sauerkraut, corned beef, and even cole slaw.
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CABBAGE SEEDS OR PLANTS?

Cabbage must be started indoors 6 weeks before your last frost date. You can direct sow a crop for fall harvest in mid-summer.
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CULTIVATION

Avoid planting cabbage in the same spot each year as with any cabbage family crop.
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GROWING TIPS

Cabbage plants need up to 1 1/2 inches of water a week. Well-amended soil is vital to ensure vigorous growth.
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INSECTS & DISEASES

Cabbage is bothered by few insects and diseases. Floating row covers keep most insects at bay. Always avoid planting cabbage in the same spot each year as with any other cabbage family crop.
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HARVEST TIPS

Harvest cabbage heads when they have formed tight, firm heads. Cut the stem below the head but do not pull the remaining plant. Smaller cabbage heads often develop near the base of harvested heads.
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RECIPES & STORAGE

You can serve cabbage raw or cooked - it's great both ways! Try it steamed, boiled, stir-fried, sautéed or baked. Shred cabbage for delicious cole slaw and sauerkraut.
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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Fall salad crops can be difficult to start because garden soil is often very warm when seeds need to be planted. To trick the internal mechanism that allows seeds to germinate in warm ground, freeze them for a week or two.
    Or start seeds indoors in flats where it’s cool, and transplant seedlings into the garden immediately after germination. Be sure to include winter or cold-hardy lettuce varieties when planting. They will take temperatures down into the 20s with little or no protection. ‘Little Caesar’, Buttercrunch’ lettuces, ‘Frizz E’endive and ‘Baby’s Leaf Hybrid’ spinach are good choices. When the thermometer dips below freezing, lay an old bed sheet or floating row cover directly over the lettuce, endive and spinach for protection.