How to Grow Amazing Cabbage

Is cabbage on your list of things to grow this year?

Well, I have to tell you I planted these last fall and since we had a light winter they did fantastic without the need for any additional attention, like covering with a tarp.

It was pretty fabulous and the best part this cabbage has amazing flavor.

What’s my secret to growing amazing cabbage that tastes sweet?

It’s all in the soil, let’s unfold the goodness so you can grow your own wonderful cabbage.

These plants were started by direct seed in September.

I was pretty sure they would be late bloomers because this particular bed is placed in a well shaded area.

This is normally where I plant lettuce, carrots and spinach.

Planting was established in one of the covered raised beds to optimize my success.  The covered raised bed also works as a protector even when it’s not covered in plastic from the freeze.

Rich Soil Tip #1

Cabbage does best in rich soil, this means you need to make sure to fertilize prior to planting and during growing.
This is where a rich fertilizer tea comes into play.  About half way through the growing season I fed these plants with tea.

Steady Growth Tip #2

You need some patience with cabbage because it’s a slow grower.
Don’t interrupt the growing process; when you plant make sure the seeds are spaced correctly, about an inch apart.
Allow the plants to take their time and produce large heads during the growing cycle.

Plenty of Water and Mulch Tip #3

Cabbage also requires steady watering, evenly moist soil is best.

It’s easier to manage moist soil in a raised bed and remember to cover the soil use natural mulch, like leaves, straw or wood chips. I actually used cypress needles for mulch prior to winter.

If you’re planting in the spring add mulch prior to summer.

When to add mulch will depend on the time of year you plant.


Known pests are slugs, cabbage worms, root maggots, aphids and flea beetles.

To avoid these bugs plant in a different spot each year.  This little tip is the best way to avoid insect destruction.

Rotational planting is a huge benefit with all types of crops, especially cabbage.

Just keep it simple, apply a few patients and you will grow amazing cabbage, one of the easiest garden crops ever.

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  1. Hi. I once planted cabbage for the first time and buggs devoured the leaves leaving big holes! ? What organic bug killer can I use on the cabbage so it doesn’t happen again?

    1. Carole says:

      I wish I could help you with a natural bug killer but I don’t use products of any kind in my garden, I work with nature. However if you welcome the birds into your garden they can be a huge help in depleting the bug population. This is done by incorporating elements like a bird bath, feeders and houses. I also use chickens to debug my garden. Another helpful tip is to plant your crops in rotation, meaning don’t plant the same veggie in the same space. If you’re using raised beds you simply flip flop your planting spaces this is a huge help to detouring the “bad” bugs in your garden. Yes you can compost tea leafs and the entire bag. Just use you’re judgement, if it’s a natural resource it can be worked back into the soil.

  2. Also I forgot to ask. Did u mean actual tea leaves in the soil from a tea bag??

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