How to Grow Crown Cabbage in Your Raised Garden Bed
There is no doubt that green vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are often grown by growers who wish to extend spring and autumn. However, many people may overlook larger members of the brassica family, such as cabbage. While some varieties of cabbage do need a little space in the garden, other smaller varieties are perfect for home garden beds. The Crown Cabbage variety is perfect for anyone who wishes to enjoy homegrown cabbage without a large growing space.
How to grow crown cabbage
Available in sizes of up to 3 pounds (1 kg), these early-maturing hybrid cabbages are perfect for salads, stir-fries, salads, and sauerkraut. Since the plants are still small, the tight spacing allows growers to make more efficient use of the raised garden bed area. In addition to their growing habits, these cabbages are well preserved in raised garden beds. This allows for a larger harvest window throughout the growing season.
Growing crown cabbage varieties is similar to growing other varieties. First, growers need to determine the best time to plant. Growing crown cabbage can be done in spring and autumn. Generally, spring cabbage seeds are sown indoors about six weeks before the last frost date. Then, as temperatures begin to warm, crown cabbage plants can harden and move into raised garden beds in early spring. Cabbage plants harvested in autumn need to be sown in midsummer. These plants may need protection from insects and other garden pests when they are established.
Crown cabbage care
Crown cabbage plants need to be cared for throughout the growing season to ensure optimal results. As with most cabbage, constant hydration is key to reaching its full potential. Establish irrigation procedures early in the season to ensure periods of excess moisture are avoided. Controlling moisture is crucial as it can cause cabbage to split or get sick. If possible, avoid watering the leaves of the plant, as this may lead to fungal infections.
Cabbage growers also need to consider the presence of cabbage worms, cabbage, and other insects. While insect stress may be less in early spring, summer conditions can exacerbate these problems. You may need to use controls. While chemical solutions are available, many growers choose more organic methods, such as floating row covers, as a means of preventing damage. Regardless of the controls, always make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the product label.