Tips for Growing Cabbages Successfully

If you appreciate sauerkraut and coleslaw, you would surely want to grow a few cabbage plants in your own garden.  A few tips on how to successfully grow them would also go a long way.

Cabbage is easy to grow – they survive both in cold and heat.  But like any other crops, they also need some care and attention.

So in order to ensure yourself a bountiful yield, just follow these growing tips:

–          Since cabbage is a heavy feeder, you should make sure the nutrients in your soil are enough to cover your crop’s needs.  Begin by spreading composted manure on the soil prior to planting.

–          Cabbage has shallow roots so you should weed carefully, its cultivation shallow, too.

–          If you do not want your cabbage plants to be vulnerable to diseases, make sure you are following an effective crop rotation plan.  Do not plant them in areas where other brassicas like broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts used to grow the past season.

–          The best time to plant cabbage is during the last three to four weeks of winter months and during early fall.

–          The best companion plants for your cabbage are tomatoes and garlic.  They ward off pests and keep your cabbage plants healthy as well.

–           Plant your cabbage in an area where they can receive five to six hours of sunlight each day.  This would make them thrive for sure.

–          To successfully grow cabbage, make sure they are watered regularly especially when their heads are still in the process of forming.  Once they have completely formed, cut down the water supply to avoid the cabbage head from growing too fast and splitting.