Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Spring cab­bage You can now have cab­bage of one type or an­other vir­tu­ally through­out the year if you plan well, but spring cab­bage is among the most un­der­es­ti­mated of veg­eta­bles. It should be sown in mid to late sum­mer and har­vested from Fe­bru­ary to May the fol­low­ing year.

Spring cab­bage is a heavy feeder so add plenty of or­ganic mat­ter be­fore you plant and pick a sunny spot.

Sow them in the open ground in seed drills and thin out the seedlings, trans­plant­ing the young plants to their fi­nal po­si­tion when they are around 15cm high, in the au­tumn.

The plants should be large enough to sur­vive the win­ter. Start cut­ting al­ter­nate plants for spring greens as soon as they are large enough in March.

Most will pro­duce firm hearts by late April or May.

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