Alan’s job of the month Plant spring cab­bages

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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

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