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
Steady Growth Tip #2
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.