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Spring Cabbage

£5.99

Great addition to your veg patch…

This is a dwarf variety that can be planted quite close together (25-30cm). When planted in Spring you can expect to harvest it from July through to September. You can harvest them as delicious, small, tender cabbages or a little later on once the heads have matured.

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Variety: April

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.

Plant out: late April to early July. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-15cm.

Ready to harvest: July – Sep

*Transplants suitable for organic growing.

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A sunny site with fertile soil.

Cabbages need a sunny site with deep, firm, moisture retentive soil. Add plenty of compost or organic matter before planting.

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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.

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How far apart?

30-40cm 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Pigeons will eat the foliage right down to the ribs/veins. Keep plants netted if you have a lot of pigeons around.


Caterpillars

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)


Club Root

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.


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.

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.