So Many Kinds - Cabbage Mix

So Many Kinds - Cabbage Mix


Over 12 kinds of heading cabbage in a packet.  Early, midseason and late kinds, round, pointed heads, savoy, purple, grass green to gray green;  they are all here.  You may want to sow this blend early and later in mid season so you will different kinds responding to the spring and fall weather conditions.  All are heading kinds but remember young tender leaves can be a fine collards substitute when steamed or a lettuce substitute sliced as slaw on a sandwich.  Long Island was the major producer of cabbage and cauliflower seed in the 1800’s for the new colonies.  At Invincible Summer Farm in eastern Long Island, farmer Steph is bringing back regional cabbage seed production.  
60-100 days

(150 seeds)  15 ft row   $3.00

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A packet plants 15 ft row (150 seeds)

Cabbage seed can be planted directly into the garden around the last frost date (late April) or plant seeds indoors a few weeks earlier if you have a cool, sunny window and transplant to the garden in late April.  Cabbage often produces better in cool weather.  A mid summer planting will avoid flea beetles if that is a problem for you, and produce a nice cabbage crop for the fall.

Cabbage easily transplants when young and the plants can be placed in the ground a foot apart.  Cabbage requires a garden soil enriched with compost or organic fertilizer.   During the hot summer cabbage benefits from irrigation.  Those cabbages with maturity dates over 90 days are generally best planted in mid summer.

Freshly harvested cabbage from the garden is just better.  

Cabbage is a biennial and needs to vernalize for a cold period.   In spring the cabbage producesflower stalks from the stalk at the base of the head and in some cases the stalk splits through the head and produces pods.  When the pods swell with seed and begin to brown harvest them and allow them to dry.   On Long Island cabbage doesn’t always winter-over well in the field but will in the root cellar.  Cabbage will cross with other Brassica oleraceae species in flower at the same time.