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A Complete Guide To Growing Cabbage In Containers & Raised Beds

in today's video we show you a complete

guide to grow the best cabbages in your

garden and since this is a complete

guide these are the things we will be

looking at in our video today let's

start with the planting technique

cabbage seeds can be sowed directly into

the soil but i recommend that you start

your seeds indoors six to eight weeks

before transplanting your seedlings this

gives a head start to growing cabbages

i'm using a 6-cell seed starting kit

here with some perlite and peat moss as

the growing medium and these are the

cabbage seeds as you can see very tiny

just put one or two seeds per cell in

the seed starting kit and once the seeds

germinate the seedlings come out you can

transplant them into containers or onto

raised beds

now if you're growing cabbage in warm

areas like California for example

where the winters are mild you can grow

cabbages either in early spring all you

can grow them in fall or even in the

winters cabbage is a cool season crop

and it grows very well in cool

temperatures so you can see here that

after a few weeks you can see the

seedlings emerge and at this stage they

do need some liquid fertilizer you can

use a weak fertilizer like compost tea

or just use fish emulsion or seaweed or if

you're using synthetic fertilizers use an

all-purpose synthetic fertilizer at half

the dose

now your seedlings will look like this

when they're ready to be transplanted

now I want to show you the container mix

that I use to grow cabbages

here is one part vermiculite which is a

high draining moisture retaining mix and

to that we add one part compost now in

my one part compost I've also added some

chicken manure or that will help add a

lot of nutrients to the soil

and make sure you break up the compost

very well and to this mix i'm going to

add one part of peat moss

so essentially what we've done is we've

added about thirty percent peat moss

thirty percent compost with some manure and

thirty percent vermiculite so this is a

great mix for growing cabbages during

hot days the vermiculite will help

retain the moisture in the soil and if

you don't have vermiculite or you

think we're vermiculite is expensive

you can substitute with perlite so once

you substitute with perlite the watering

requirements go a little higher because

perlite based container mixes dries up

quickly but the vermiculite will help

retain the moisture for the soil and now

let's look at how we plant our seedlings

so this is a standard 16-inch high 16 inch

wide container and cabbages grow the

best in this kind of a container

so if you are looking to grow cabbages

in a decently sized container this is

the container size you should look for

it has about seven gallons of soil and i

also have some five-gallon pots here

that you can grow cabbage in and they grow

very well in these five gallon pots as

well so let's look at transplanting

these seedlings into these five gallon

pots now although you can direct sow

cabbages i highly recommend that you

start your seeds so that your seedlings

as you're seeing here when you're

transplanting them they're very healthy

there is no risk of them getting

destroyed by cutworms or any other

insects because by the time the

seedlings that reach this size there's a

much better chance that they won't

survive

whether you're planting them in

containers and raised beds or in the

ground and it also gives you a head

start into the growing season while

there are other veggies growing in your

garden you can still prepare your

seedlings and cabbages must be grown in

full Sun they need about six to eight

hours of sunlight every day and as far

as watering goes it really depends on

the temperatures in your area if you

have hot sunny days water your cabbage

plants daily but during cold winter

days or cloudy days when the soil can

retain adequate moisture you need to

water your cabbage plants maybe two

three times a week

so that's a good guideline for watering

your cabbages

now let's take a look at the different

types of cabbage you can grow in your

garden

the first type of cabbage is called the

savoy cabbage the savoy cabbage is a

very different kind of cabbage from your

traditional cabbage because it has a lot

of these curly leaves that form the

cabbage now the taste of the savoy

cabbage is distinctively different from

the regular cabbage and I like the taste

of savoy cabbage and a lot of other

people do too

so as you can see here they look a lot

different than traditional cabbage but

are great to grow in your garden

and the second type of cabbage that we

will look at is the red cabbage this

cabbage comes in various varieties the

one that you're looking at right now is

called the Red acre cabbage and it's a

great variety to grow in your home

garden especially in containers and red

cabbages have more nutritional value than

traditional cabbages and the next

variety of cabbage that you can grow in

your garden are the giant variety of

cabbages and these cabbages have very

high water and fertilizer requirements

but once you do grow them successfully

they produce very large heads and taste

wise i did not like this variety a lot

it produces rather bland tasting

vegetables but some people do like the

taste as well so try growing it and see

if it is something that you like this

cabbage does produce larger heads than

traditional cabbages and some cabbages

are classified according to the shape of

their head and the one that you're

seeing right now is the longer pointed

head kind of a cabbage now this is not

really a true pointed ahead variety

there are some varieties that actually

looked like a triangle almost like a

pointed head that's growing and i'll try

growing that cabbage variety as well but

this cabbage should give you an idea of

what I'm talking about

as you can see here the head looks quite

pointed and not around at all and this

is the round head cabbage and to check

if your cabbage is ready for harvest

just try to feel on the cabbage head and

if it's hard and it doesn't give in

easily

they're ready for harvest now let's look

at the fertilizer requirement for

cabbages now cabbage as you can see here

is a leafy vegetable it does produce a

lot of leaves and then even the bud is

actually comprised of leaves so it needs

a high nitrogen fertilizer you can use

one of the all-purpose vegetable

fertilizers for growing cabbage i

usually mix in a lot of organic matter

in the soil when I'm growing the

cabbages and then add some fertilizer as

the plant grows so maybe every one month

or so if you're using liquid fertilizers

and then if you're using a slow-release

fertilizer you can just sprinkle them on

the sides of your cabbage at least it 2

times during the growing season once

when you plant the cabbages and once the

cabbages have grown for about two months

or so and we're going to be harvesting

this cabbage these cabbages were growing

in our five gallon container and as you

can see the cabbages are not a huge the

heads are decently sized but please note

that if you're growing cabbages at home

you're not looking for a very big

cabbages what you're looking for is

decently sized heads that are not too

small so that you can use them as needed

and your cooking

so these cabbage heads that are formed from

this five-gallon containers are about

medium sized and that is why the five

gallon container is one of the better

containers that you can use to grow

cabbage easily and we're harvesting some

more cabbage here these are again the

smaller containers the five-gallon

containers and as you can see we are

getting a good quality cabbage from all

these five gallon containers that we use

to grow our cabbage so all-in-all if

you're growing cabbage and dont have

space like raised beds or ground to grow

cabbage you can easily grow in containers

now if your cabbage plant is showing

pool growth you need to check two things

first check the nutrients make sure you

plant is getting adequate nutrition

sunlight and water and the next thing

you want to check is your soil pH now

for cabbage the ideal soil pH is what

you see on your screen here it's between

6.5 to 6.8 and using a ph tester for the

soil you can measure soil pH i will

provide a link to the product in the

video description below and now for some

of the insects that can attack your

cabbage plant here you can see cabbage

aphids on the sides of the leaves and you

can easily get rid of them by spraying

them with soapy water or just using a

water hose to wash them off the plant

you don't really need to use any

chemicals or pesticides to control

aphids and the next type of insect is

the cabbage looper which is a chewing

kind of an insect which is commonly

found on cabbage leaves and to get rid

of it you can just hand pick them or

use BT which is our organic insecticide

to get rid of this insect

slugs - slugs do cause a lot of damages

and cabbage plants because they make

holes in their leaves so you can either

hand-picke them at night or use a

snail and slug bait that contains iron

phosphate now iron phosphate is safe for

organic gardening and this is the only

snail and slug repellent that you should

use in your garden and just sprinkle

this around your raised beds or your

plants and it will take care of the

snails now let's look at growing

cabbages and raised beds now as I

mentioned earlier the more space and

more soil you use to grow cabbage the

better and bigger the cabbage heads turn

out so in raised beds you definitely

have more soil than your five-gallon

containers

and here you can see that the cabbage

head is a lot larger and this is the

regular cabbage variety is not a giant

variety but since we have a lot of space

as you can see here there's no

competition from other plants around it

and it gets all the food nutrition and

sunlight that it needs we are producing

some really good sized cabbage heads here

so as you can see a great harvest and

since this was one of our best cabbage

harvest we thought of weighing this

cabbage and seeing how much it weighs

and as you can see here this is a

four-pound cabbage

it's an amazing cabbage harvest that we got

and now for an easy cabbage recipe

so there you go folks that was our

complete growing guide on cabbages

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