How to plant cabbage


Planting cabbage. At least a few plants recommended for all except the smallest gardens. Cabbage, unlike many garden vegetables, can be grown in all parts of the United States in which sufficient moisture and suitable soil are found. High quality relies on quick growth, and generous applications of rotted manure or compost and commercial fertilizer are important. In addition, two top dressings of nitrate of soda or ammonium sulphate should be made at intervals of 3 weeks or a month.

These should be applied very sparingly to the soil around the plants, at the rate of a third of an ounce per plant. Transplant spring cabbage very early. If the spring plants are grown in a hotbed or coldframe, sow the seeds 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting time. Seeds for fall cabbage may be sown in an outdoor seedbed or in a row in the garden 4 to 5 weeks before time to transplant. Use good seed and choose varieties carefully with a view to their adaptability to specific seasons and regions.

In mild winter areas, with the last spring frost from April 1 to April 10, Charleston Wakefield and Early Jersey Wakefield may be sown in the fall, transplanted from Thanksgiving to Christmas and wintered over as small plants. Golden Acre is of high quality and excellent for spring transplanting. Copenhagen Market and All Seasons are excellent midseason varieties, and Danish Ballhead and Flat Dutch are widely used for late cabbage. Where cabbage-yellows causes trouble, use yellows-resistant varieties. Marion Market or Globe are for midseason, Wisconsin All Seasons for later, and Wisconsin Ballhead for late storage.

Late cabbage is highly suitable for storage if there are space and facilities. The heads may be packed in a box or barrel and buried in the ground, or the plants may be pulled and covered in a windrow. In the garden set the plants in rows 30 inches apart, each plant 18 inches apart in the rows. Seventy plants will serve zoo feet of row.

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