Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

WIN­TER cab­bage of­fers the gar­dener some­thing fresh that can be har­vested in Novem­ber or left in the ground un­til you are ready to eat it. Con­sider the hardy ‘Tun­dra’ which grows quite large and is or­na­men­tal as well as edi­ble.

It re­quires plenty of space and a rich soil. Sow seeds in late spring either in pots or in a seedbed and by June you should be plant­ing them out into their fi­nal po­si­tion, cov­er­ing them with gar­den fleece or net­ting to pre­vent pests from at­tack­ing them. As they will take a while to reach their full size, you can grow fast-ma­tur­ing catch crops around them such as let­tuces or radishes, which will have fin­ished by the time the cab­bages are ready. Many win­ter cab­bages will stand out­side un­til re­quired, while Dutch white cab­bages should be har­vested in Novem­ber and stored in­doors on racks or trays, not touch­ing, in a cool, dry, frost-free shed.

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