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Growing Cabbage.

Cabbage is one of the easiest crops to grow and does well in all parts of the U.S. A versatile vegetable with a long shelf life, cabbage can be used in soups, stews, salads, side dishes and more. It keeps well in a root cellar and is easy to can as sauerkraut. Stand the plants upright in a cool cellar with roots in the sand for the winter.

Best if matured after the last frost date. Count back the days of maturity to time cabbage crops. Start seedlings inside 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. In warmer climates, plant cabbage seed directly in the garden 12 to 14 weeks before frost date. Red cabbage takes longer and Chinese cabbage is just 75 days. Plant 2′ apart for large heads or 1′ apart for smaller heads. Harvest every other one and let some grow bigger. Keep mulched to maintain even moisture, stable soil temperature and keep the weeds down. Cabbage is a heavy feeder so fertilize monthly.

Good companion crops are bush beans, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, mint, marigolds and nasturtiums. Bad companion crops are tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries.

Growing Cabbage.

Cabbage is one of the easiest crops to grow and does well in all parts of the U.S. A versatile vegetable with a long shelf life, cabbage can be used in soups, stews, salads, side dishes and more. It keeps well in a root cellar and is easy to can as sauerkraut. Stand the plants upright in a cool cellar with roots in the sand for the winter.

Best if matured after the last frost date. Count back the days of maturity to time cabbage crops. Start seedlings inside 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost date. In warmer climates, plant cabbage seed directly in the garden 12 to 14 weeks before frost date. Red cabbage takes longer and Chinese cabbage is just 75 days. Plant 2′ apart for large heads or 1′ apart for smaller heads. Harvest every other one and let some grow bigger. Keep mulched to maintain even moisture, stable soil temperature and keep the weeds down. Cabbage is a heavy feeder so fertilize monthly.

Good companion crops are bush beans, lettuce, cucumbers, spinach, mint, marigolds and nasturtiums. Bad companion crops are tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and strawberries.

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