Growing Mini Cabbage

Latest Update 27th August 2017.

Mini Cabbage

  • I grow mini Cabbages, because they don't dominate the Garden Ecobed as much as the full sized varieties.  They are very crisp and sweet when harvested and are a great size for 2 people.  
  • Most months I sow 4 seeds and usually get a 100% germination rate in my EcoPropagator.
  • I grow them in a 1500mm row across an Ecobed (about a months supply). 
  • I harvest mini cabbages as needed in the kitchen, prepare the soil in the space left by its removal and plant a replacement without delay.
  • These mini cabbages are surprisingly tasty and are very nutritious containing lots of vitamins and minerals, and are a great source of dietary fibre.
  • To maximise nutritional benefit, they are best shredded and used fresh in homemade coleslaw or sauerkraut, but we also like them chopped and lightly steamed with salt, pepper and a few garden herbs.  
Description.
  • Binomial Name:                                            Brassica oleracea.
  • Family:                                                         Brassicaceae.
  • Variety:                                                         Mini Cabbage.
  • Crop Rotation Group:                                     Heavy Feeders.
  • Garden Bed Type:                                          Garden Ecobed.
  • Plant Spacings:                                              375mm. (4 per row)
  • Recommended pH:                                        6.0 - 7.5.
  • Minimum sun per day:                                    4 hours.
  • Weeks to harvest:                                          18 weeks.
  • Good Companions:                                        Beans, beetroot, sage, onion, nasturtium.
  • Climate:                                                        Warm temperate.
  • Geography:                                                   Southern hemisphere. 
Nutrition.
  • This food is very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. 
  • It is a good source of thiamin, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate and manganese. 
  • More from nutrition data.self.com.
Maintaining Ecobed Productivity. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I maintain productivity in my Ecobeds.  It describes how soil is prepared prior to planting, the importance of rainwater in Ecobeds, how to regulate the sun's intensity and how to feed plants through their leaves.
Propagating Seedlings. 
  • Check out my blogpage which explains how I propagate seeds.
Propagation Plan.
  • Check out my blogpage which tells you when to sow seeds.
Growing Instructions.
  • Sow 4 Cabbage seeds in an EcoPropagator and once the seedlings are established and growing strongly, transplant them in their fibre pots into the prepared bed.  This eliminates transplant shock and hardens them off naturally in the Ecobed's welcoming soil.
  • Clear a small space in the mulch for each pot and bury them up to their rims at 375mm centres in a 1500mm long row.  Water them in sparingly with dilute seaweed extract (suppliers dilution rate).
Harvesting and Storage.
  • Cabbages can be harvested all year round.
  • Cut the stalk at ground level when harvesting your cabbage.  Leave the roots to decompose in the ground. 
  • If you have a surplus of cabbage, try sauerkraut, stored in preserving jars.  Here's how.
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