Cabbage is not only a great vegetable to grow in your home vegetable garden, but it has a wide variety of health benefits for you and your family. Cabbage is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C and other essential vitamins your body needs. With such a wide array of cabbage choices to grow, you are bound to find a cabbage variety you can grow at home.
The first step in growing cabbage at home is to make sure your home
vegetable garden’s soil is prepared. That means it needs to be rich in
nutrients and have a pH level of 6.0 to 7.5. If you have been mixing in
quality compost, your soil should be fine. Cabbage is susceptible to a
disease called club root. Keeping your soil’s pH in the 7.2 to 7.5 range will inhibit club root.
Start your cabbage seeds indoors about 4 to 6 weeks prior to the final
frost in your area. Cabbage seeds germinate best when they are planted
in a soil that is 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (24 to 29 C), however,
once germinated, cabbage grows nicely in cooler soil in the 60 to 65 (16
to 18 C) range.
When moving your cabbage starts from the indoors to the outdoors space
out your cabbage at least 18 inches (30 cm). I have tried planting them
12 inches apart, but that is very tight in my opinion. Give your
cabbage some room and they will reward you with a great harvest.
Choose a spot for your cabbage that receives full sun, although cabbage
will still do well in light shade. Give your cabbage a heavy watering
until you see the head begin to form, then scale back your watering to a
Most varieties of cabbage are heavy feeders, therefore you will want to
feed them weekly with a good fertilizer such as a compost or manure tea,
or another quality fertilizer that is high with nitrogen, potassium and
Follow the instructions on the back of your seed packet for proper
harvesting as the variety of cabbage you are growing will determine when
Avoid following other members in the cabbage family in a crop rotation plan.