Grow your own baby cabbages

Grow your own baby cabbages
Grow your own baby cabbages
Grow your own baby cabbages:  First of all, baby cabbages, like any other cabbages are the easiest
vegetable to grow.  In addition, you can plant many in rows, or just a few plants for your personal use.

The early varieties are ready in 60 days, while later varieties mature in up to 3 month

Cabbage plants come in many varieties. Early and late.
Hence, early varieties are:

Golden acer
: This cabbage plant matures in 65 days with a round 6 inch head.
It is easy to grow and used in raw and in cooked dishes

Red express cabbage: Matures in 60 to 65 days. It is an early red cabbage with 2-4 pound heads.
Good for small space gardens.

Midseason: This baby cabbage matures in 70 days. It has great flavor for any stewed dish.
Copenhagen market: 75 days to maturity. Round ball head type heirloom cabbage. Very tasty.

Hence, the late season varieties are:
Danish ballhead:  This variety takes a little longer than others to mature.  More or less 110 days to maturity.
This plant is resistant to splitting.

Red cabbage- red acer: Most of all, these varieties are resistant to yellowing and great for small gardens.
Takes 75 days to mature.  Delicious when used in your vegetarian dish.

Drumhead savoy: This variety takes a little longer to mature. Give or take 92 days to maturity.
It has wrinkled leaves with a mild sweet flavor.

Savoy: This is a great cooking cabbage. It dates back to medieval Italy. It takes 90 days to maturity.

Furthermore,  start your cabbage seeds or plants indoors 10 weeks before the last hard frost in your area.
Cabbage plants are hardy and transplant very well. You can buy plants from your local nursery in the early spring.

Sow seeds for growing cabbage in small peat pots, plastic cups or trays with your favorite potting mix.
Or sprinkle the seeds into a container and cover with a light dusting of soil and water. Place in a warm spot.

Cabbage seeds germinate in 7-12 days depending on temperature.
When seeds sprout place them in a sunny window.
Also, keep plants in a cool room where night temps are between 50 to 60 degrees F.

Planting cabbage:
Prepare your garden soil as soon as the soil is dried enough in the spring to work. .
Cabbage can be grown in single rows or staggered in wide rows.
Make single rows 12-18 inches wide and 16-18 inches between rows.
Hardening off:
Another fact is that plants need to be hardened off before planting out doors. Hardening off means slowly getting the plants adjusted to the out doors with out causing shock.  Shock can cause plants to die.

To harden off your transplants,  slowly over a couple of weeks place your plants outside on a partly shaded area. Bring them back in at night. Do this for the first week.

In the second week, leave them outside over night one day and bring inside the next day.

After a few weeks you can plant them outside in their rows.
Dig a small hole and place plant inside up to the first leaf axial.

Soil for cabbages must be kept moist to develop nice firm heads.
Mulch around the plants. This helps with moisture retention and weed control.

Hence, in dry areas or if no rain falls,  water with two good soakings per week.
If the soil dries out between watering, the cabbage heads can crack and split.

Growing cabbage needs nitrogen to maintain its growth.
Side dress your cabbage plants with a good garden fertilizer 2 to 3 weeks after plants are set out.

In conclusion,  pick your early cabbage before it gets old. Cut off the cabbage head at the base of the plant just above the large leaves. Finally,  you can dig the plants out later,  after you have cut off the heads.

 Grow your own baby cabbages

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