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How to Grow Cabbage in Containers - Complete Growing Guide

well hello voting welcome to another

episode here on the oh my garter Channel

I'm so excited to be filming this

episode which is a continuation on our

ongoing series on how to grow in

containers if you've not checked yet

checked out our other videos I would

recommend doing it but this episode is

going to be on cabbage a lot of times

people want to try growing cabbage but

they worry that they don't have what

they need to grow it so we're going to

go through this kind of requirements in

the potting the pot size the potting mix

that we use the fertilizer sunlight and

watering and it's really all you need to

know to grow to grow some really nice

cabbage now what I will say is that

you're not going to get as large of a

cabbage as you would in the ground it's

just some it's a reality and it's not

something that I would really recommend

putting into a pot but I realize

sometimes that's the only option that

people have so it's the only option you

have go for it but if you could put it

in the ground you can grow some other

stuff in containers I would recommend

that we have a lot of other videos on

what to put in containers this is one

that again I'm I'm simply filming this

for the people that have asked for it

because we've gotten requests and

requests and requests on how to grow

cabbage in containers and it's just

because they don't have any other

options so you might be handicapped you

might you might only have a patio and

you might not have a garden so for

whatever reason it's going to be

possible but just do not expect large

heads of cabbage first off just do not

expect it but I definitely I grow at

least one every year and they do find

it's just that you can expect something

maybe the size of a softball or a little

bit larger and a cabbage cabbage it

tastes great and coleslaw and tastes

great when it's stir-fried and even

tastes great in a salad or juiced so we

grow it for those reasons and I think

it's a fun one to grow at least as well

because people it's something that

really a lot of people shy away from so

if you had neighbors that come over that

are into gardening this is that cabbage

why yes it is that's a cabbage so let's

get into it now I'm having fun today so

let's go talk about the soil that we use

and the pot size that we use and then

really the rest is pretty ascent it's

pretty basic but it is essential so

we're going to talk about it that's

going to be sunlight fertilizing and

watering so let's go talk about that now

alright so when it comes to the pot size

you

use a larger pot the cabbage have a very

aggressive root system and they need a

lot of soil with organic matter as well

as fertilizer which we'll talk about to

grow to even a remotely large enough

size to put out a head so what we want

to do is we want to start with a pot

that's going to be at least three

gallons these are four and a half gallon

they're called five gallon pots but

they're really four and a half gallons

and that's going to be the size that I

use but you can go with a three gallon

pot and be just fine

again they'll just be even a little bit

smaller so if I if you want anything

around the size of a softball sized head

cabbage go with like a four and a half

gallon pot they can get bigger too I've

seen lots of people get larger head

cabbages but I think it's based on sheer

luck I've never gotten one that's that's

any bigger than that about that big so

still great sized cabbage though the

type of soil that we're using is what we

use for everything it is a potting

specific soil and it's going to be one

that is well draining it's going to be

one that is loose and and it's going to

hold onto water but not hold on to too

much water and run it a little low on my

soil here and we're going to we're going

to want to have a a potting specific

soil because the fact that cabbage is is

in the Brassica family and brassicas are

prone to something called club root and

club root basically is where your roots

they get a a that's a disease that makes

the roots all gnarly and it just really

is is detrimental to the plant health

your plant will begin to look a little

stunted and the roots will begin to turn

really bulbous and and just kind of sick

looking um and so that's really all

there is to to the soil it's something

that I stress all the time because I

think a lot of people they just go with

any old soil and annual soil is not

going to cut it when it comes to when it

comes to growing cabbage because or any

any vegetables for that matter just

because regular soil regular top so

we'll compile

and especially during the heat of the

summer it's going to compact and do

what's called caking and it's going to

cake where the water will literally just

run right off the side and go down the

edges of the pot and it won't ever get

to the plant roots and that's one of the

biggest problems with why plants wilt

and die and so by having a good loose

potting mix that just falls apart and

crumbles it's going to be the best thing

for your plants now I did run out of

potting mix but this is plenty of soil

here this is again probably about

probably three and a half gallons of

soil so we're right in that fine range

preferably I'll have a little bit more

so I'm going to come back in once I get

some more potting mix I ran out so I'm

going to come back and I'm going to top

dress a little bit of with a little bit

of the potting mix but what you want to

do is you want to plant one plant I know

a lot of times I like to stress high

intensity but to be honest this is about

as high intensity as you can get with

with a container garden and and growing

cabbage so one plant is all you can

really plant in a size like this that's

why I said it's a little more of a

novelty or based out of sheer necessity

that one would grow cabbage because it

just takes up a lot of space for what

you actually get out of it now you can

harvest the leaves before the head forms

leaf basically cabbage leaves can be

juiced throwing the smoothies sauteed

just like any other green they're very

delicious but they can be a little bit

tougher that's why most people don't eat

them and they can be a little bit woody

and tiny bit bitter but we eat them

they're delicious and so you can get

something out of them other than the

head of cabbage but it's just you know

for the space that it takes up it's

sometimes not it's not really as

effective as as growing something else

so now let's talk about fertiliser

requirements cabbage is a very heavy

feeder and specifically in the nitrogen

category they use a lot of other

nutrients like your phosphorus potassium

micronutrients stuff like that

however nitrogen is so important because

you're really growing it for its leaves

it is a leaf crop but so you can you can

put phosphorus in to your heart's

content you put you can put potassium in

to their heart's content but if you do

not have nitrogen the plant will not

grow well and it will not produce a head

I can guarantee you that so what we use

is we use trifecta plus we use on all of

our plants but you can make your own DIY

version of

of fertilizer that's going to have all

the essentials in it and basically

trifecta plus is just an all-purpose

fertilizer that has the micronutrients

it has beneficial microbes and fungi

that's not found in in potting soils or

most traditional soil and it's also

going to add the trace minerals which is

not found in the potting soil and not

found in most traditional soils and that

really helps out plant health especially

in the container where conditions are

far from ideal and so then it also has

the nitrogen phosphorus and potassium

but if you want to make a DIY version

yourself go with just one per ton meal

one part bone meal one part green sand

and then actually take some some banana

peels put them in the oven at 350 five

degrees for about 3045 minutes to become

crispy throw in a food to food processor

blend them up into a fine powder mix

them up with about a couple cups of

crushed eggshells and throw that in

there and that's going to give you all

the fertilizer that you're really going

to need to sustain the plant for the

life of it it does not need a whole lot

more than that because the the

fertilizer you put in there will stay

with the plant what you can do and what

I do to ensure that the plant stays

healthy is I come back in about a month

and fertilize again because that way the

plant stays healthy and any nutrient

deficiencies that may be there are going

to be are going to be replenished and so

since there's not all those conditions

that are outside found in you know

raised bed gardens or traditional

gardens you have to make sure that you

keep up and they're kind of like babies

you just got to make sure you feed them

and keep them well watered which we'll

talk about in a second and they're going

to be fine now let's talk about watering

watering requirements that we just said

they're like babies you just got a they

have needs and if you don't keep up

their needs they're going to die and so

when it comes to watering you just want

to make sure that you water them about

every three days they don't need that

much water because the fact they have

really large succulent leaves they are

very drought tolerant but you don't want

to let them dry out because if they dry

out they're going to actually go through

a shock period brassicas specifically

like broccoli cauliflower and in your

cabbages

like that if they dry out and then get a

lot of water that stress will oftentimes

make them flower and if you've ever seen

a cabbage flower it's not a pretty sight

it's something you don't want to see so

by keeping them well watered with a nice

even moisture throughout the entire

growing season it's going to keep them

from bolting and from going to seed now

the very last thing I'll talk about is

sunlight when when they when it comes to

sunlight a nice strong full Sun that is

no less than six hours is required to

grow cabbage because the fact that

cabbage they are all leaves and plants

use the energy formed in leaves to grow

the plant it's through photosynthesis

that the plant grows so the more

sunlight that they can get the better I

give my cabbage no less than seven hours

of Sun but if you can give them more

like I said they'd be great but any

lesson they're going to get really lanky

and they're not going to produce ahead

for you so that's I think one of the

biggest problems is people say my

cabbage is growing but it's not really

producing ahead and you ask them how

much Sun they're getting it they're

giving it it's like three and a half

four hours of Sun and it's a no brainer

why why it's not doing that well so

that's really all there is to growing

cabbage it's a very easy plant to grow

if you give it the basics and the basics

are pretty much like most plants to be

honest so it's not something you don't

need to overcomplicate but hopefully you

enjoy hopefully you do at least try

cabbage at least once if you got the pot

and you got the extra soil and you got

the space give it a shot why not right

so I hope you all enjoyed hopefully you

learn something new let me know if

you've tried cabbage in containers and

how it did for you in the comments box

below and I will talk to you all later

this is Luke crumb Nehemiah Gardner

channel hoping you all are growing big

or going home and I'll catch you later

see ya bye

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