How to Grow and Harvest Cabbage

Learn how to grow this popular vegetable with this simple step-by-step guide.
From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
'Marner Early Red' Cabbage

'Marner Early Red' Cabbage

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • cabbage seeds
  • planting trays or pots
  • dibber
  • sharp knife

Step 1: Sow Seeds

Sow Cabbage Seeds in Spring Under Cover

Sow Cabbage Seeds in Spring Under Cover

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cabbages are hardy plants, but for an early start, sow in spring under cover into trays or modules. This will help to produce stronger plants with greater resistance to clubroot.

Step 2: Plant

Garden Dibber Used for Sowing Large Seeds

Garden Dibber Used for Sowing Large Seeds

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

When planting out, hold the cabbage by the leaves to avoid damaging the roots. Use a dibber to make planting holes about 6 inches (15 cm) deep, water the hole before inserting the plant, then firm it in gently.

Step 3: Harvest Cabbages

Harvest Cabbages Using Sharp Knife to Cut Plant

Harvest Cabbages Using Sharp Knife to Cut Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

To harvest, use a sharp knife to cut the whole plant off at the base. Remove all debris to prevent the build-up of diseases, but don't disturb neighboring plants. Stumps may resprout if left in the ground, especially if a cross is cut in the top.

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