61012There are those of us who can grow cabbage well, and there are the majority of us who wish we could. Mild winters allow cabbage to be grown in autumn as well as in spring; but warm weather can also compromise flavor and promote premature bolting (blooming), which ruins the heads. Cabbage demands rich soil and regular watering. If the weather is evenly mild, they dig that too.

Spring grown cabbage was planted last winter, about a month prior to the last frost. Now it is time for autumn cabbage, about a month or two before frost. New plants can be planted a bit deeper than they were originally grown, so that the wiry and fragile sections of stem below the lowest leaves can be buried. Plants should be at least a foot apart and might get larger with more space. It takes at least two months for dense round heads of common green or red cabbage to mature. Slower varieties are worth growing for their unique flavors.

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    1. We are fortunate to see that only in pictures. I suppose it happens where cabbage are grown on farms, but not nearly to the extent that it happens in other regions. My cabbage get fat aphid though! ICK!

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      1. Other years I had a few regular cabbage worms: little green ones that came from the white butterflies, both common here. I usually just used some Bt occasionally and picked some off. This spring, after the plants got a good start, suddenly there were worms all over them; a little bigger worm, sort of bluish-green. I didn’t know what they were then or what moth/butterfly they came from but they made lace quick and I gave up and removed the plants. Looking at the pictures of those loopers later, I guess that’s what they were. New kinds of pests, oh goodie, another gardening challenge! 😦

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      2. You would think that after contending with all the problems of dispersing exotic specie into places where they do not belong, humanity would learn to be more careful. Yet, these things are getting around now worse than they have ever done before!

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    1. Ha! That is how I feel. I just did not want to say so. Ornamental cabbages look too much like vegetables, and my former neighbors complained when I grew vegetables in the front garden. What makes it okay for ornamental cabbage?
      Why would cabbage not grow there? The limiting factor for us in inland valleys is the lack of humidity. However, just a few miles away, in the Pajaro and Salinas Valleys, cabbage is one of the main vegetable crops.

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