Cabbage is one of those amazing garden plants that have always intrigued me. The way the layers of leaves create a ball is simply baffling. I find it amazing that this multi-layered plant comes from a tiny little seed. If you are thinking about growing this plant in your garden, then these 5 tips on growing cabbage should come in handy.
5. Plant Where It is Sunny and Well-draining
Even though these are cool-weather plants, they still love to be in a location with lots of sun. The soil should be well-draining and with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Since they like the sunshine they are going to need lots of water as well.
4. Invest in Row Covers
These are perfect for protecting fragile young plants of any kind and work extremely well for cabbage. They allow sunlight and water necessary fro growth. Frost and pests are thwarted, so you won’t have to worry about damage from these two.
3. Plant Herbs Nearby
Cabbage plants seem to thrive when herbs are growing nearby. Rosemary, thyme, dill, chamomile, and various mints are perfect companions. They also grow well next to garlic, onions, celery, and beets.
2. Give Plants Plenty of Growing Time
It takes cabbage up to 95 days to fully mature. If you have a short growing season, then it is best to start seeds indoors at least 4 to 6 weeks before the plants are to be placed outside. You can start them as early as 8 weeks before the last frost is expected to occur.
1. Be Prepared for Cabbage Worms
These little guys are the most common pests among cabbage plants. Thankfully there are plenty of pesticides to get rid of them; both organic and non-organic types are available from most garden supply places.
If you already include these fantastic plants in your garden, then feel free to share some growing tips of your own. Do you grow a small crop of cabbage just for yourself or a large amount to sell at the local farmer’s market? What do you like best about growing cabbages?
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