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Growing Cabbage - Tips & Harvest

here are some tips to grow fresh delicious

and healthy cabbage very easily in your garden

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I always recommend growing cabbage from seed

the reason for starting cabbages from seeds

is that you can not only get a head start

to grow cabbage but also the fact that cabbage

transplant very easily

So cabbage being a cool-season crop you would generally start it

a little bit before the fall season

about six weeks before the fall season in your area

you can also start cabbages in early spring

and it goes great thru early summer

So once the seedlings emerge

you can grow up to two seedlings in a

container of this size

Or if you're using a 16-inch container

I would advise growing just one plant per container

if you plant the seedlings too close

you will end up getting smaller heads of cabbage

as you will see towards the end of this video

and if you're growing in raised beds

I would advise growing about 9 cabbages

in a four by four foot bed

Now one of the most common predators for

cabbage is the cabbage fly

which is actually a butterfly that lays its eggs

inside the cabbage plant

which results in caterpillar or loopers or

cabbage worms that eat the cabbage plant

and can cause a lot of devastation

So to counter that the easiest method

that you see here that I've used is to

keep a net around the cabbage

which will prevent the cabbage fly from

entering the cabbages

now you can see a little bit of damage that was done

earlier when the net wasn't put on the cabbage

but as soon as I put the Nets on the cabbage

it made no difference to the cabbages that were growing

but the cabbage fly was never able to fly and enter into the cabbages

so i never got any more caterpillars

however if you do see cabbage loopers or cabbage worms

you need to use either neem oil

or BT which is a naturally occurring bacteria

which will help protect your cabbage plants however

rather than spraying anything I would highly recommend that you try to use a

net

which is very effective in protecting

your cabbage plants now cabbage has a very

long growing season so once you

plant your cabbage seeds it might take up to four months

for the cabbage heads to start forming

and once the cabbage heads form what you need to do is

just feel around the head of the cabbage to make sure that the head is firm

if the heads are not firm the cabbage is not formed yet

so just feel a little bit around the head of the cabbage

and if it feels solid to the touch that's the time you can start harvesting

your cabbage

so we're gonna go ahead and harvest this cabbage its formed a decent sized head

and it's also firm to the touch

now cabbage requires full Sun

at least six to eight hours so make sure you're growing a cabbage in a sunny

area

so that you get really good cabbage heads

and if your cabbage is not forming

big heads it usually means that the temperatures in your area have warmed up

and cabbage needs a coll season like early spring

or fall season to really form good heads

So for this raised bed the cabbages that I've grown

have grown pretty well and as you can see the heads are pretty well sized

Let's take a closer look here so this is a pretty decent sized cabbage

now most of your head should be around this size

but if you get smaller sized heads it's usually because they've been placed too

close

and as you can see some of these heads not very big in size

because of the placement I placed

a lot more cabbages that I should have

and as you can see it this one again is

pretty firm so we will go ahead and harvest this Now as far as fertilizer

goes I have added a lot of compost into this raised bed

and I've used a liquid fertilizer

every two weeks for this cabbage

areal and it seemed to do a good job been going great cabbages for me on this

raised bed

So as you can see this is again a great

looking cabbage head cabbage is a very healthy for you

it tastes great in salads and even cooked

and this one also feels very firm to the touch

so we will go ahead and harvest this cabbage as well

and as you will see here

this cabbage head is

not as big as the other cabbage heads that we harvested

and that's again because of the spacing between the cabbages

so when you plant cabbages it might not be very obvious

but cabbages can grow to a very large size

and which is why it is very important that you space out your cabbages well

so this is an example of a small cabbage head

but it's also very delicious and fresh compared to the supermarket cabbage

now there's another variety of cabbage called the giant cabbage

and I have done a video on this cabbage variety in one of my earlier videos

which you can see by clicking on the screen link

which you see

and once again even for this giant cabbage variety

I'm growing only one cabbage plant per

this 16-inch container and it grows pretty fast as well

now the giant cabbage is just like the other cabbage variety that you see

however the heads that it forms

are much wider and larger compared to the regular cabbage

varieties now as you can see here you have some insect damage

on this cabbage plant and I did not use any kind of insecticides and pesticides

on this cabbage plant

and what happened was that the cabbage fly came in

laid some eggs on the leaves of this plant

and you can see that this plant has quite a lot of damage to its leaves

I really didn't think this cabbage plan would survive after all that damage

and this is why I would again like to stress

the importance of using the net to prevent the cabbage

fly from coming and laying eggs on your cabbage

but as you can see here as the cabbage plant grows and starts forming the

head

you can see that the insect damage becomes less prevalent

and starts to disappear as the cabbage starts

forming its head even further and at this stage the head is just begun to

form

and at this stage it is critical that you

continue to fertilize your plant to make sure

that you are meeting the that plant's nutritional requirements

Now this giant cabbage is growing

in about ninety percent of compost I used about 90 percent compost

10 percent of of potting soil

I realized that by using a lot of compost

I was able to grow a lot of great cabbage now this was planted on the

21st of October and as you can see it has grown

pretty well it needed some support because it was getting very heavy

and which is why I just used a stake to

secure it and you can see here

I am again going to touch and feel whether this cabbage head is formed

before deciding whether to harvest it so its now time to harvest this

plant

and let's look at how our harvest looks like

now the giant cabbages as you can see forms a really big

canopy a lot of leaves and when you actually harvest the cabbage the

head of the cabbage is actually much smaller than the canopy it forms

now you can actually eat the other leaves of the cabbage the ones that I'm

removing right now

they taste a little different though from

the cabbage itself so it's up to you whether you want to eat those leaves or

toss it into a compost pile

so whether you are growing the

regular cabbage variety or the giant cabbage variety

growing your own cabbages is a rewarding experience

so I want to know from you do you grow cabbage

and what is your favorite variety of cabbage to grow do let me know your

thoughts and opinions

and I'll see you again soon happy gardening

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