Alan’s job of the month Plant spring cabbages
It’s a wonder that anyone faced with what a schoolfriend of mine used to call ‘boiled mackintosh’ can take pleasure in eating cabbage. It was a far cry from the luscious, crunchy, spring cabbage that, when doused in melted butter and sprinkled with black pepper, is one of my favourites. Like all brassicas, spring cabbage enjoys a firm, rich, well-drained soil but one that is not likely to go short of moisture. Planting spring cabbages now allows them to establish themselves in autumn and begin fattening up before the onset of winter for harvesting in April and May. Weeding between the plants, watering them well in dry spells, pulling soil up around the stems if they become ‘wobbly’ and protecting them from pigeons is vital if they’re to grow well and give a good crop.
Spring cabbage should be planted in autumn to overwinter and crop the next year