Lee Valley & Veritas

 Gardening Newsletter
 
  Volume 8, Issue 10 - October 2013    
 
Interesting Read
Excerpt from Gardening for Pleasure, Algrove Publishing, 2000. (First published in 1883.)

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var.)

The cabbage is so easily raised that but little space need be devoted to it here; like all of its tribe, it requires an abundance of manure for its full development. The early varieties should be either raised in cold-frames or in hot-beds, as stated for cauliflower, and planted out at distances from twenty to thirty inches apart each way, as early as the ground is fit to work in April. The best early varieties are Early Summer, Early Wakefield, Early York, and Early Oxheart. As an intermediate variety the Winningstadt is very popular; it has a sharply conical head, and sometimes grows quite large.

Cabbage - Early Winningstadt

For late varieties, the seed should be sown in May, and the plants set out in July at two to three feet apart. For winter use the large Drumhead is usually grown, to the exclusion of all others, and while the Curled Savoy is vastly better flavored, not one Savoy is planted for every thousand Drumhead. The flavor of the Savoy is as superior to that of the Drumhead, as that of a Bartlett to that of a choke pear, and it is altogether the best late cabbage for family use.

Cabbage - Savoy

 
 
 
 
     
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