Excerpt from Gardening for Pleasure, Algrove Publishing,
2000. (First published in 1883.)
(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.
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.