How to Grow Organic Cabbage


Hi I’m Tricia an organic gardener. I grow
organically for healthy and safe food supply, for a clean and sustainable
environment, for an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Cabbage is a delicious addition to any
vegetable garden. It’s also a beautiful landscape plant for the edible garden.
There are many kinds of cabbage to choose from such as the classic green or
red heads, crisp Napa and sweet Pakchoy. Cabbage loves cool weather and they can
even withstand some light frost. They can be grown all through the winter with the
help of some floating row cover or frost blankets. For spring harvest and cabbage
plant indoors eight to ten weeks before the last frost or outdoors as soon as
the ground is workable. For fall harvested cabbage, plant indoors or
outdoors 10 to 12 weeks before the first frost. Plant the cabbage seeds a half-inch
deep when starting indoors. Plant several seeds per seedling cell. Make sure to
give them plenty of light so they don’t get leggy. Once they have sprouted, thin to one plant per cell. You can plant your transplants in the garden when they have
5-6 true leaves, that’s usually about four to six weeks. Choose a spot in your garden that has
well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. Cabbages like a slightly
acidic soil of 6 to 6 1/2 ph. They prefer full sun but if part of your
growing season will be in the hot summer you can plant them in a partial shade or
install shade cloth over their bed. Avoid planting them or any other brassicas
have been grown in the last three years. Prepare your beds for direct seeding or
transplanting by applying compost and a balanced fertilizer such as this bio-live. If you’re planting seeds directly in your garden space them about three
inches apart. They can be thinned after a few weeks to
their final spacing of 12 inches for compact varieties, or 18 inches for large
varieties. Thinned cabbage sprouts make excellent microgreens for salads and
stir-fry. Mulch your sprouts or seedlings to conserve water and prevent weeds. Cabbage have very shallow roots and they don’t like to be disturbed by weeding tools so
prevent the weeds from the beginning. Cabbage requires lots of water until the
heads form. Sufficient water helps your cabbage grow big and sweet. When your
cabbage heads start to grow, decrease how much water they get or else you might
end up with splitting. Caterpillar, slugs snails and cutworms love cabbage as much as we do. Growing your cabbage under floating row
covers protects them from most common pests. Sluggo plus is labeled for earwigs,
cutworms, Sal bugs, pillbugs, slugs and snails. Just spread it around the plants
according to the instruction. Your cabbage will be ready to harvest in 55
to 75 days when the head feels firm. Harvest using a sharp knife to cut the
cabbage at the base of the plant. Sometimes your cabbage stump will make several new small heads after the first harvest. Remove the outer leaves and
clean the heads well to remove any hiding insects. You can store cabbage for
a few weeks in the refrigerator. Red and green head cabbage can also be stored in
the root cellar for several months, or make some sauerkraut and preserve your
cabbage to enjoy any time of the year. So grow some cabbage and grow organic for
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7 thoughts on “How to Grow Organic Cabbage

  1. I really enjoyed this video. Thanks! I got my first actual heads of cabbage this year after a previous year of just leaves.

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