Further information: Cabbage Plants.
Where to grow? - The best results will be achieved from cabbage plants grown in full sun and sheltered from cold winds. Cabbages prefer firm soil so do leave several months between digging and planting. Well-drained, slightly alkaline soil, fertile soil is required.
How to look after? - Cabbage plants do like a lot of water so try to keep the soil moist. As the heads begin to mature the plants will appreciate a liquid feed.
As with most brassicas birds can be a problem with cabbage plants so you may need to give protection. Please do take care with any netting to ensure that birds do not become trapped. Caterpillars will also need to be controlled. Hoe regularly between the cabbage plants so that they do not have to compete with weeds for nutrients and moisture.
When to harvest? - Harvesting depends on the variety, many of which can be stored for several months.
How to eat? - Most of us have experienced over boiled cabbage at some time in our lives and know it is to be avoided. Other cooking methods include steaming, sautéing, braising, pickling or eating raw as in coleslaw.