Cabbage crops may be harvested almost all year round (A.Y.R.), using different types of cabbage for the various seasons.
SOWING AND TRANSPLANTING
Sow the earliest crops under glass from mid-January to late February. Whenreach the two- stage place under unheated glass or polythene.
Sow outdoors in the open at regular intervals throughout March, April and May to produce a succession.
Spacing 45 cm x 60 cm (18 x 24 inch), or closer for smaller heads.
Sow in shallow drills 1.25 – 2.5 cm (½ – 1 inch) deep in rows 15 cm (6 inch) apart in July. Plant out with a dibber into the cropping site in September/October, aiming to get the plants well-established before the onset of winter.
Spacing 15 x 37.5 – 62.5 cm (6 x 15 – 25 inch).
(N.B. There is always a risk that a candidate in the exam, when asked to state when Spring Cabbage should be sown, will give the answer – in the springI Thousands have done it in the past I)
Sow in drills 1.25 – 2.5 cm (½ – 1 ) deep, 15 – 22.5 cm (6 – 9 inch) apart in April/June.
Spacing 30 – 60 cm x 45 – 60 cm (12 – 24 inch x 18 – 24 inch) apart; 60 x 45 cm (24 x 18 inch) for large heads and 45 x 30 cm (18 x 12 inch) for smaller heads.
Pest and Disease Table
Pest Damage Control
Caterpillars of Cabbage white, large & small cabbage moth. Eat foliage Hand-pick or spray with derris or Bacillus thuringiensis
Flea beetle Small holes inSpray with deltamethrin
Cabbagefly Small white maggots eat Destroy infested plants
Disease ClubSwollen knobbly roots Treat soil with cresylic acid