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.
|When to sow indoors||4 – 6 weeks before last frost|
|When to sow outdoors||10 – 12 weeks before 1st crop|
|Germination soil temperature||75° – 85°F|
|Germination length||5 days|
|When to transplant||5 – 7 weeks|
|Varieties||Ruby Ball (purple!)
Derby Day (early maturing)
Parel (early maturing)
|pH range||6.0 – 7.5|
|Soil temperature for growing||60° – 65°F|
|Spacing||early maturing: 12"
later maturing: 18"
|Watering||Heavy during critical watering periods, then moderate.|
|Nutrient requirements||N = high
P = high
K = high
|Fertilizer schedule||Heavy; use nitrogen fixing cover crops.|
|When to harvest||When 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!