How to Grow Cabbage Plants | Cabbage Growing Guide

How to Grow Cabbages | Tips & Advice

Where & When to Grow

All Cabbages are part of the Brassica family. This means they hate acid soil and unless your soil is alkaline it must be treated with lime when being prepared. The second important point is that the young plants must be planted out in firm soil otherwise the Cabbages will not form properly.Cabbages need rich soil in a sunny location that has been limed if necessary. The ground should be prepared two weeks before planting by treading down to firm it and then lightly raked and a general fertilizer applied.

How to Grow

Plants should be ready to plant out between mid May and mid June when they have 5 or 6 leaves The plants should be spaced 1’ apart in rows.Water the plants thoroughly after planting.Hoe regularly around the plants to keep the weeds down and they will benefit if a fine mesh net is used to cover them to avoid attacks by birds and butterflies who lay their eggs on the leaves so that their caterpillars can use them for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Harvesting

Cabbages are will be ready to harvest August onwards when large enough but will stand and can be left if necessary

 

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