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Growing Cabbage

Cabbage falls in the same family of vegetables as broccoli, so some of the growing techniques are similar. In fact, both plants can be grown about two times per year under the right conditions. As a vegetable, cabbage is a cool season plant and generally can be planted during spring and fall. One suggestion is planting it through black plastic in the spring to warm the soil, and some more suggestions include:

  • Planting it six to eight weeks before the first frost.
  • Cabbage needs about six hours of sun per day.
  • The soil should be fertile and well-drained, with a pH of 6.5 to 6.8 and nitrogen-rich. This can be achieved by adding cottonseed meal or manure compost to the soil.
  • Cabbage can be deep planted, with half of the main stem buried.
  • All plants should be 12 to 24 inches apart, depending on the size of the head.
  • Before harvesting, squeeze the head to see if the cabbage is solid. If soft, the head shouldn’t be cut off yet.


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