How to grow... Cabbage

Rocket Growing Guides

Savoy Cabbage

Cabbage falls into the Brassicas category of veg plants that need to be looked after in much the same way. It’s a big category, with cauliflower, calabrese, broccoli, and kale and there are others too. All these veggies are really nutritious and are great ones for growing in the garden.

  • Planting Tips
  • Growing advice
  • Chef's Corner

The right site

Cabbages need a sunny site with deep, firm, moisture retentive soil.

Can be grown in....

Cabbages will prefer to be grown in raised beds or a well dug veg patch.

How far apart?

About 30cm apart.

Looking after your plants....

Cabbages are fairly hassle free. Follow these tips and you’ll do just fine.


Feed them

Make sure plants don’t dry out – regular watering is important during dry spells. Use a liquid feed once they’ve started to grow a little, as they need a little extra nitrogen.


Protect them

Keep weeds down and cover with a netting to keep birds away

Storage Tips

Harvest them as you want to eat them – they will store in the fridge for a few days, but are much better cooked fresh.

Ways to cook

Bubble and squeak is a fabulous cabbage dish, or you can simply stir fry with a little vegetable oil.