The Complete Gardener's Guide ,

Materials Needed

  • cabbage seeds
  • planting trays or pots
  • dibber
  • sharp knife

Step 1: Sow Seeds

Cabbages are hardy plants, but for an early start, sow in spring under cover into trays or modules. This will help to produce stronger plants with greater resistance to clubroot.

Step 2: Plant

When planting out, hold the cabbage by the leaves to avoid damaging the roots. Use a dibber to make planting holes about 6 inches (15 cm) deep, water the hole before inserting the plant, then firm it in gently.

Step 3: Harvest Cabbages

To harvest, use a sharp knife to cut the whole plant off at the base. Remove all debris to prevent the build-up of diseases, but don't disturb neighboring plants. Stumps may resprout if left in the ground, especially if a cross is cut in the top.

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