like a rich soil with plenty of compost, aged manure or worm castings dug in, and are surprisingly resistant to drought, although less water means smaller plants and smaller heads. This drought tolerance comes from their ancestor, the wild cabbage, which grows in an exceptionally dry environment. Cabbages, as with all brassicas, like their soil firm. When grown in loose soil, plants tend to grow tall and leggy with loose heads. Before planting, firm the soil with your heels or by pressing down on a bucket so that you have a depression in the soil. I like this method best as the bucket-sized depression left in the soil helps moisture to be directed to the roots of the plants. Make a hole in the depressed soil big enough to accommodate your cabbage seedlings and plant, firming in with your fingers. Plant the seedlings deep, up to where their first leaf grows out from the stem.