Top 5 Tips On How To Grow Cabbage
Cabbage is one of those delicious, and versatile vegetables. Yet it is easily forgotten during fall garden planning. Cabbage can tend to be a sort of difficult plant to deal with, but with these tips, the whole process should go much smoother. I am going to share with you the top 5 tips on how to grow cabbage.
When To Plant:
You are going to want to start your plants by seed indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost date. You can figure out your frost dates here. If you live somewhere where it is going to be extremely hot outside, it isn’t the best idea to be planting outside during those times. The heat will cause your cabbage plants to sprout. Which means a large sprout will come from the center of the top of the cabbage and seeds will grow from the sprout.
Where To Plant:
You will need to plant your cabbage seedlings somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of sun during the day. I know I said that hot weather isn’t exactly ideal circumstances, but they will still need lots of sun. So when it is sunny and cool out is the best time to plant whatever season that may be for the area you live in.
How To Plant:
Before you even plant your seedlings, you need to harden them off. Which means gradually getting your plants used to the outdoor weather. Over 7-10 days leave your seedlings outside for a few hours at a time, gradually increasing the amount of time you allow them to sit outside. While the plants are being hardened off, you can be tilling the soil and mixing in fertilizer and compost. Once ready to plant, space them out 12-24” apart to allow for lots of room to grow and ventilation.
How To Care For The Plant:
Aim to add more fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks, and keep the soil nice and moist. A really cool tip to avoid spending hours picking pests off of your cabbage plants, plant dill plants around and between the cabbage plants. This will attract beneficial insects and repel the ones you really don’t want.
How To Harvest:
It takes about 70 days (10 weeks) for cabbage plants to mature into a full grown cabbage. To harvest, push back the larger extra leaves and cut at the base of the cabbage head with a sharp knife. Bring the harvested cabbages inside and store in the fridge.
Do you have any great tips on how to grow cabbage?
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