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How to Grow Cabbage

I super love cabbage, it’s so delicious.

Growing up I only had it boiled and it was fairly off putting in flavor and texture. As an adult I learned to cook it in a way that I just LOVE. The recipe is coming next week, so stay tuned. My kids tear this cabbage up! It’s so funny to imagine what you think kids will like, but if you have a good attitude about it, they will surprise you. Click here to see how I get my kids to eat healthy food.

Growing and using cabbages

Cabbage is a cool season crop that can be grown in fall or spring.

It’s about time to be starting your plants indoors for this fall’s season in most places. So I want to talk about how to grow it. Cabbage is a Cole crop or cruciferous vegetable. It’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kohlrabi and kale. The procedure for growing all of these plants is very similar so use these instructions for all of them.

Cole crops can be grown from seed or started indoors and planted as a seedling, but the times seeds need to be germinated can be tricky where I live.

Seeds should be started around February or August for the corresponding seasons but in February, it’s too cold for seeds to germinate here and in August it’s way too hot. Because of this, it’s best to start your seeds indoors if your climate is like mine. Cole crop seeds like soil temperatures around 80 degrees.

Cole crop seeds take 3-10 days to germinate and 4-6 weeks to grow into a healthy seedling. If you don’t have a greenhouse, you will need supplemental lighting for your cabbage seedlings such as a grow light. Once the seedlings are ready, plant your cabbage plants in the evening so they will have a chance to settle in before the harsh sun shines on them. Make sure to water them well to close up any air pockets that might be around the soil.

Cabbage, growing and using

Cabbage plants will form a big flower like leaf pattern and in the center, a head will begin to form. As the head gets bigger it will get fuller and firmer until it’s ready to eat. You can choose whenever you’d like to harvest the head, but the longer you leave it, the more cabbage you will get.

Cut the head out of the center of the flower shaped structure and leave the plant.

Many times you will get multiple smaller heads of cabbage on the second round of cabbage growth. It’s so fun to make your season last longer and get more from your harvest.

It takes several months for the plant to produce a head of cabbage. It’s one of the most beautiful plants in the garden to me. I look at the plants like big gorgeous flowers, meant to delight me. THEY really do!

harvesting cabbage with kids

Watch my next post for my Heavenly Cabbage recipe.

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How to Grow Cabbage

What Growing on in the Garden in September

I may have mentioned a time or two that this year has been a super tough year in the garden. We were plagued with rabbit attacks on all our seedlings, raccoons, possums, and other creatures have ravaged our ripening crops taking hundreds of pounds of food, and the squash bugs systematically destroyed everything in their path starting with the squashed, moving to the cucumbers, and ending with devastating all of the melons. We did everything we could to control them without chemicals and they just kept moving forward. I think there is a special place in hell for those nasty creatures…but everything has to eat, so…anyways. It’s been a tough year, but we’ve still managed to grow 30 pounds of food in September and a total of 485 pounds this season. It’s far from our goal of 1000, but still, we’ve been eating some fresh things and had the chance to get a few things stored for winter in the freezer.

As the weather is cooling down, we are seeing the return of our tomato and pepper production.

Growing tomatoes with kids

growing peppers with kids

Some of our fast growing fall crops are coming in now, such as these pretty little radishes, our second round of green beans, and lettuces.

growing radishes with kids

growing green beans with kids

growing arugula with kids

picking radishes with kids

The kids are enjoying picking the radishes.

We also have harvested a few sweet potatoes, but there is much more to look forward to there.

kids digging sweet potatoes

growing kale with kidsOur fall kale is coming on strong (even some seeds that were spilled in the gravel are doing nicely) Last winter, we grew kale all winter, so we saved the seeds from that plant and replanted them to try it again this winter.

growing okra with kidsThe okra is still producing us some tasty pods to enjoy.

growing swiss chard with kids

The Swiss chard is bouncing back from the heat as well.

We hope to continue harvesting some delicious fresh food throughout October and hopefully there will be some things to enjoy this winter in the garden as well. Our herbs are still growing strong.

What’s growing on in your garden today?