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Spring Green Cabbage (Autumn)
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Great addition to your veg patch…
This is a dwarf variety that can be planted quite close together (25-30cm). When planted in autumn you can expect to harvest it in early spring the following year. You can harvest them as delicious, small, tender cabbages or a little later on once the heads have matured.
Variety: Spring Green
Number of plants: 10 (organic*)
Can be grown in: Raised beds or pots. Find out more about growing cabbages in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Enjoy it in stir-fries, steam it, boil it and all sorts. We rather like it cooked up in tasty bubble & squeak. With a poached egg on top. Mmm.
Can be delivered from: late August to Mid October. Available to pre-order now. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-15cm.
Ready to harvest: March-April (depending on weather!)
Cabbages need a sunny site with deep, firm, moisture retentive soil. Add plenty of compost or organic matter before planting.
Plant in raised beds & traditional plots
Cabbage is better grown in raised beds or a well dug traditional veg patch. You could grow them in a grow bag too, 3 to a bag.
How far apart?
Firm in well
When you plant your cabbages, be sure to firm them in well by pressing the soil down around the base of the plants.
Protect with a brassica collar
You can make these easily out of cardboard. Cut a 10cm diameter disc, cut into the centre and make a slit so that you can pop it around the base of the plant. This is to prevent cabbage root fly larvae from hatching by the base of the plant and burying under the soil to eat the roots.
Net against pigeons & butterflies
Pigeons love brassica plants and will easily destroy a crop of young plants in a morning. Meanwhile, cabbage white butterflies are attracted to brassicas and lay eggs on the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars are quick to nibble away the leaves and strip the plant bare. To protect against both these pests, cover plants with fine mesh netting or horticultural fleece.
Keep soil moist
As weather warms up it is important to keep cabbages cool and to give them enough water. Try to keep the soil consistently moist rather than allowing it to dry out. During dry spells, water well, once or twice a week.
When to harvest
Harvest as required once the cabbage is fully mature. In cold weather you can leave them in the ground until you want them.
Pigeons will eat the foliage right down to the ribs/veins. Keep plants netted if you have a lot of pigeons around.
Lots of holes appearing in leaves is a sure sign of caterpillars. They soon grow, and the holes grow too. Check the underside of leaves and you may see tiny eggs – wipe them off with kitchen paper – or caterpillars themselves. Keep plants netted against butterflies.
Slugs & Snails
Protect plants well from slugs, especially when they are young and vulnerable. Beer traps work well and you may need to to do a dusk patrol with a head torch and bucket to remove slugs if they get really bad!
Cabbage Root Fly
Cabbage flies lay eggs at the base of brassica plants. When the eggs hatch, the larvae bury into the ground and feed on the roots. The plants eventually wilt and die. Prevention is key – use brassica collars (see growing advice section)
This is a fungal disease that leads to the swelling and distortion of roots, and plants will be stunted. Avoid growing brassicas in the same bed for two years consecutively if this happens. Add plenty of organic matter to the soil.
Heart not forming/Split heads
If your cabbage fails to form a heart, and instead produces lots of loose leaves, it is most likely due to irregular watering in the soil. Try not to let soil dry out completely, and be careful during hot, dry spells.
Leaves eaten entirely apart from veins = Pigeons (or a lot of caterpillars)
Holes eaten in leaves – no slime trail = Caterpillars
Holes eaten in leaves with slime trails = Slugs/Snails
Stunted growth/wilting = Cabbage root fly or Club Root
Heart not forming = Too hot/dry & irregular watering
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.
Braised red cabbage is delicious, cooked with apple juice, cinnamon and cloves.
Spring Greens and Winter Greens are excellent to finely chop and add to a stir fry.
Shredded Cabbage and Carrots
This is a quick and easy side dish…
Finely slice half a cabbage (savoy is best)
Grate 2 good sized carrots
Heat a little olive oil in a wok
Add the carrots and cabbage and stir fry them
Add a squeeze of lemon and a teaspoon of mustard
Season with sea salt and black pepper
When we deliver
We deliver these plug plants between late August and mid October, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plug plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.