Cabbage is very versatile and has many different uses in the kitchen. Along with a long storage life, cabbage is a popular vegetable in the home garden. Home grown cabbage is also sweeter than what you buy at the grocery store, so those of you that don’t like cabbage haven’t tried it fresh from the garden!
Cabbage is a cool-season vegetable that grows best in spring or early fall. Providing a light shade during the hottest hours of the day will be beneficial if growing in the warmer months. Regular watering and a thick layer of mulch will also help to keep the root zone cool, which will help the cabbage thrive in the heat.
Plant in soil with lots of organic matter mixed in, cabbage grows best when using composted or well-aged animal manures, especially poultry manure. Cabbage can be planted either with transplants or be sowing seeds directly in the garden.
Cabbage is a heavy feeder and pulls a lot of nitrogen from the soil, so even if you’ve added lots of organic matter prior to planting a dose of compost tea or fish emulsion as the leaves are sizing up will do some good. Like all cool-season vegetables, cabbage needs regular watering to maintain the steady growth. 1″ – 1 1/2″ of water per week is sufficient, a little more will be needed when the weather is dry.