Cabbage (Autumn) Growing Guide

Cabbage (Autumn)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 

Soil

Rich, deep soil, firm with plenty of well rotted compost dug in.

Position

Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not required if good soil.

Companions

Marigold, Nasturtium, Mint, Sage, Thyme, Onions and Garlic.

Spacing

Single Plants: 75cm (2' 5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow under cover in late winter to plant out in early spring. Or sow direct into ground from mid spring onwards.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Surround stem with a 10cm (4 inch) mat with a slit cut into it for the stem to prevent cabbage root fly from destroying the roots. Use fine mesh or fleece over the summer to prevent butterflies laying eggs on the underside of leaves - caterpillars can destroy these plants.

Harvesting

Wait until a few light frosts have passed to harvest, because cool weather enhances the sweet flavour of cabbage.

Troubleshooting

Heavy summer rains following dry weather can cause heads to split.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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