Growing Guide: Cabbage

Cabbage Growing in the Garden

For a fiber-rich, nutritious garden vegetable that’s practically calorie free, try growing cabbage. While this cruciferous vegetable in the Brassica group does have some basic watering and soil requirements, it’s by no means a fussy garden grower and is easily within reach of the average (or new!) gardener.

Growing Cabbage

When to sow indoors4 – 6 weeks before last frost
When to sow outdoors10 – 12 weeks before 1st crop
Seed depth1/4"
Germination soil temperature75° – 85°F
Germination length5 days
When to transplant5 – 7 weeks
VarietiesRuby Ball (purple!)

Derby Day (early maturing)

Parel (early maturing)
pH range6.0 – 7.5
Soil temperature for growing60° – 65°F
Spacingearly maturing: 12"

later maturing: 18"
WateringHeavy during critical watering periods, then moderate.
LightFull sun
Nutrient requirementsN = high

P = high

K = high
Fertilizer scheduleHeavy; use nitrogen fixing cover crops.
When to harvestWhen buds are firm, preferably after a frost or two

Looking for more information and inspiration?
Check out these tips for growing cabbage.

Image thanks to Raghu Jana!

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