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How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden

Date Posted: August 2, 2016

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden
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Cabbage can be a great addition to your home garden. While it is one of the more difficult vegetables to grow at home due to it being a more cooler weather crop, cabbage is loaded with too many healthy vitamins and minerals to not at least give it a try. With so many recipe options out there for its use, you are bound to find one that suits your taste buds, cough cough, sauerkraut, cough cough.

How To Plant Your Cabbage

Get your cabbage seeds started indoors about six to weeks prior to the final frost of your season. This will help you get a good jump start to the cabbage growing season. Once your cabbage starts are established and the weather improves outdoors, harden off your plants to get them acclimated to the outdoors. Hardening off is the process of taking your indoor plants and moving them outdoors, usually during the day then bringing them back in at night.

How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden

Once hardened off, transplant your cabbage starts to a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. While many experts have noted that it is best to transplant them on a cloudy day, I have done both sunny and cloudy and have not seen any noticeable difference. I have however seen a big difference when transplanting on a cooler day as opposed to a hot day. Do the former.

Spread your cabbage out at least twelve inches if you are doing a Chinese cabbage variety or twenty-four inches if you are going with the traditional head cabbage such as a flat dutch or brunswick. Your cabbage will get huge, so give them plenty of space. Once they are planted mulch around them to help your soil retain moisture levels and keep your soil temperature better regulated.

How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden

Caring for Your Cabbage Plants

Keep the soil around your cabbage plants moist by watering at least two inches per week. I also recommend that you fertilize your cabbage plants every three to four weeks with a good organic fertilizer. You could also lay down some compost around your cabbage plants as well.

How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden

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Common Pests/Disease to Look Out for

Like all other plants, cabbage has its share of pests and diseases to keep an eye out for. Some are common around your garden like aphids, which can be battled by simply adding ladybugs to the area, while others like the cabbageworm only rear their ugly heads when cabbage and other similar vegetables are planted. An aged old remedy for the cabbageworm is plant some dill near your cabbage. Look out for cabbage root maggots and flea beetles. Both of which I linked to their description and remedies.

How to Grow Cabbage in Your Home Garden

Harvesting your Cabbage

In the video on this page I talk about two ways to harvest your cabbage. One way is to cut the head of the cabbage off when it gets to a desired size and firmness. The way I do it is to pull the whole plant then cut the head of the cabbage off. If you do the former methods you may get a second head of cabbage. I personally have not been successful in doing so as the temperatures in my area are simply way too hot by the time my cabbage matures.

We send out at least one variety of cabbage each year in our Seeds of the Month Club and are finding that subscribers are requesting more varieties and colors such as the red and golden acre as well as Chinese Bok Choy varieties. If you have never grown cabbage before, I would highly recommend it. It is challenging, fun and when successful, very rewarding.

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About the Author

Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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