Growing Spring Cabbage
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Soil and Site for
Spring Cabbage need an open site which offers some protection
against harsh winter winds. The site should be in a sunny position.
The soil should be light and well-drained. Nothing will
damage them more than water-logged conditions in the cold winter. Don't
add manure or nitrogen rich feeds to the soil. These simply encourage
vulnerable green growth.
Sowing Spring Cabbage
vegetables, spring cabbage are sown roughly at the same time in both
the north and south of England. Generally late July to early August are
the best dates. In colder areas, you can sow late July, in warmer areas
sow early August but the difference is minimal.
Spring Cabbage seedlings
|Sow the seeds 12mm (½in) deep, at 5cm (2in) intervals. For Spring Greens
the rows should be 30cm (1ft) apart, For Spring Cabbage the rows should
be 45cm (18in) apart. before sowing make sure the soil is well-watered
because the seed will be germinating in the soil at the driest time of
year. Firm the soil down well. If you have a mulch of grass-cuttings
then put them over the soil to keep the moisture in. The seeds can be
sown in a seed bed and transplanted when they have five leaves. They
can also be sown in their final positions.
Spring cabbage are ideal candidates for maturing earlier and more
reliably under cloches.
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Thin out the seedlings when they are about 5cm (2in) high.
Because spacing differs depending on the variety, read the instructions
of the seed packet. As a rule of thumb, thin to 30cm (1ft) for spring
greens and 45cm (18in) for spring cabbage.
Don't feed at all with a nitrogen rich fertiliser. If
you do feed this will cause too much soft green growth which will suffer
from disease in the winter months. When the seedlings emerge, feed with
a long lasting fertiliser like bonemeal or blood, fish and bone.
As with all vegetables, keep them weed free. A hoe is
good for this because at the same time it will disturb the soil surface
which will deter soil pests and disease. In mid November earth-up along
the row of cabbage to form a ridge about 5cm (2in) high. This will help
to support the cabbages in the winter winds and at the same time it will
assist in draining water away from the stem at soil level.
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