Good enough to eat
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.